Clio mayor, town council sworn into office, hold first meeting

  • 30 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Clio mayor, town council sworn into office, hold first meeting

CLIO  —  The new mayor of Clio and council members were sworn in before the July 23 meeting.
Outgoing Mayor Joe Kinney said it was bittersweet.
“But we realize that the political process moves on, he said. “We are all needed and connected in a very special way.”
He added it would take everyone coming together to make the community a loving and caring place to live.
Mayor Ben Petrone and council members were sworn in by Judge Mark Heath.
The invocation was given by Rev. James Smith of Greater Saint James Baptist Church.
After he was sworn in, Petrone thanked everyone who voted and supported him. 
“I will do everything in my power to earn that and for those of you who didn’t, I am going to do an equal amount to earn your trust in the future,” he said. “We all got to work together and do what we can to make Clio a happy better place for everyone.”
Council members —  Incumbents Cathy Helsel, Samuel McCollum, Pearlie Thomas, and newcomer Kenneth Phillips —  were sworn in.
Thomas and McCollum thanked everyone for coming out to the ceremony. 
McCollum noted they would do their best for the town.
Helsel said they were all going to work together to do some improvements. 
“We need the community to work with us all together,” she said.
Phillips said he loved living in Clio and was glad to be a council member and wanted to do the best for everyone.
Afterward, the July monthly board meeting was held. At the meeting, the council determined it will have a special called meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday to discuss the 2012 audit.
Police Chief Chad Cheras told the council that he had talked with Larry McNeil, chairman of the Marlboro County Board of Education, about how other towns had received money to purchase a vehicle for their school resource officer. He said he asked McNeil why Clio hadn’t received any money for a vehicle. McNeil wasn’t aware of it but said he would look into it.
Cheras also said a gold Crown Vic was taken to Anthony Woods for repairs because the vehicle was having trouble with shifting and tail lights not working.
After Woods got the vehicle, he discovered something.
“Someone had tried to steal the vehicle, cut all the wires, and tried to hotwire it,” Cheras said.
This was the reason that the vehicle wasn’t working properly.

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