Mexico Beach council acknowledges possible violation in Parker House vote

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

 “We could make a case that we have complied,” said Mullen, referencing the fact that no other bids had been received.

Councilman Lanny Howell made a motion to hire Nova for the analysis despite the existing ordinance. It was put to vote and passed 3-2 with Howell, Cathey and Councilman Bobby Pollock in support.

To date, the city has received $660,000 for damages to thehistoric Parker House, purchased by the city in mid-2011 with the intention of using it as a new city hall. The building caught fire several months later and suffered massive damage though no additional insurance monies have been paid in the past year.

During the meeting, new city clerk Adrian Welle was in attendance, having successfully relocated from Minnesota to Mexico Beach to take up the tumultuous title.

The council took a moment to check in with Welle about his experience to date. The clerk said that he’d been busy with a 277-page book of Florida ordinances and statutes, though he hadn’t been trained on the city’s accounting software.

“I can do things, but I don’t want to,” joked Welle, referencing former clerk Sharon McGhee, who attempted to be proactive with the city’s accounting software, but struggled. McGhee resigned several days later.

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