For the first time in over 40 years, a different person will be handling legal matters for the Town of Woodbury.
The town's Board of Mayor and Alderman voted Tuesday night at its regular monthly meeting to hire local attorney Dale Peterson for the position of City Attorney.
Peterson replaces Bill Bryson, who held the job for 43 years. Bryson was recently named Cannon County Clerk and Master, replacing Harold Patrick, who is Woodbury's mayor.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Dale for 13 years," Patrick said in recommending Peterson for the position. "He is very competent, very hardworking, and goes all out for those he represents."
Peterson will be paid a base rate of $2,500 per year for 30 hours of work. He will be paid at a rate of $50 per hour for any additional hours worked.
In addition, Peterson will be paid at a rate of $100 per hour for representing the town in court cases. The town will also pay the dues for Peterson's membership in the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association and the International Municipal Attorneys Association.
In other business Tuesday the board:
• Approved the bid submitted by Precision Air of Murfreesboro for installing a new energy efficient HVAC system at city hall. A grant of $17,000 was received by the city for the project. The bid by Precision Air was $13,985.
• Approved the bid by Competition Athletic Surfaces, Inc. of Chattanooga to resurface the double tennis courts at Brown-Spurlock Park. The town had budget $16,000 to resurface the double tennis court, the single court and the basketball court. The only bidder for the project was Competition Athletic Surfaces, who turned in a bid of $21,250 to resurfaces all three courts. Its bid for the double tennis court was $11,840. Patrick said the town look into resurfacing the other courts next spring.
• Approved the low bid of Hoover, Inc. of LaVergne to repave College Street.
• Voted to approved the recommendation of Chief of Police Tony Burnett to hold Halloween activities in the town this year on Oct. 30, a Saturday, instead of Sunday, Oct. 31, the official Halloween date.