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DiPlacido Sworn In As Mayor; Morgan Honored

New mayor pledges to protect' property rights

April 30, 2010
After eight years of serving the city of Rock Hill, three as a board member and five as mayor, Julie Morgan handed the gavel to incoming mayor Daniel DiPlacido at the April 20 Rock Hill Board of Aldermen meeting.

As his first act as mayor, DiPlacido signed a pledge to protect property rights, and he encouraged citizens to attend board meetings and be involved in the city.

"Respect for residents and their rights is key to our success as a community," DiPlacido said. "Our economic development should be vigorous but without the forced displacement of our residents and destruction of our neighborhoods. Our government should be transparent, and city funds should be managed with rigorous responsibility."

Outgoing Mayor Julie Morgan was honored with plaques from the Missouri Senate, the Missouri House of Representatives and the city of Rock Hill.

Morgan said she leaves the city in much better shape than it was when she took office.

"I know I have accomplished my goals, and have many people to thank who worked tirelessly to make Rock Hill a better place for their families and neighbors," she said. "So much has been accomplished because we put aside our differences and worked as a team to find solutions that worked."

Board members Phillip Scherry and Edward Mahan were sworn in as representing Wards 1 and 2 respectively. Bob Weider was sworn in as Ward 3 board member, replacing Timothy Redmond.

In Other News
  • The city received the Government Financial Officers Association award for excellence in financial reporting.

    "This is the highest form of recognition and represents a significant milestone in the spirit of full disclosure, transparency and financial integrity for Rock Hill," Morgan said. "Rock Hill is standing on solid financial ground."

  • The board approved a resolution accepting a $43,180 "investigative" grant from TrailNet for a "bikeable walkable" path for city residents.

    Parks and Recreation Director Al Hayden said that the purpose of the grant is to find the best place for it.

    "As part of the process, H3 Studios, a design firm, will come in and look at the space and traffic patterns," he said. "Then the city will form a committee of citizens, cyclists and other interested parties to meet with the design firm to determine the location."

  • The board also approved resolutions receiving a FEMA grant of $17,600, $800 of which is the city's portion, for purchase of new firefighting equipment, and a FEMA grant for $250,000 for a new fire truck. The city is required to match 5 percent, or $13,000, and $237,000 is from FEMA.

    Finance Director Ann Robertson said the fire truck is expected to cost "around $400,000. The city is currently accepting proposals. We don't know exactly what we will spend. That depends on the bids."

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