Dover City Council members held a short, 23-minute session Monday night where they heard the first reading of the Fiscal Year 2013/2014 budget and attended to several other matters.
In connection with the budget reading, council members held a public hearing on the city's proposed electric fund budget, but no one appeared to speak out in favor or against the plan.
Minister Theodore A. Henderson of the Dover Christian Church and Bishop Thomas L. Holsey of the Bibleway Temple Church of God in Christ were appointed city chaplains by Council President David Bonar, who also appointed M. Milford Caldwell to the Parks, Recreation and Community Enhancement Committee.
All will serve one-year terms, expiring in May 2014.
Mayor Carleton E. Carey Sr. appointed Brad Holden as vice president of the Dover Fourth of July Celebration Committee, and also appointed Zachary Carter to the Silver Lake Commission. Their terms also expire in May 2014.
Carey also appointed Gertrude Jackson to a five-year term as a member of the Dover Public Library Commission.
Director of Planning and Community Development Ann Marie Townshend closed the books on a proposed dangerous building declaration for a property at 92 Orchard Ave. by noting the building had been demolished by owner Juan M. Callazo.
Council members upheld a Board of Assessment Appeals ruling denying tax exempt status to the Bible Church of God at 1202/1204 White Oak Road. Despite being notified by certified mail and by phone, no one from the church appeared to contest the original ruling.
Council members also approved a three-year contract with Guardian Environmental Services of Newark for emergency site cleanup services. The company would provide specialized services in the event of a major pollution event, such as a chemical leakage from electrical transformers, Koenig said.
The company would be paid from the budget of whatever city division that utilized its services, he added.
The next meeting of the Dover City Council will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 24, at Dover City Hall. A public forum will precede the council meeting at 7:15.