Ordinance #03-8, aimed at curtailing the sale of over-the-counter drugs used in the manufacture of methamphetamines was defeated. Council members questioned the feasibility in whole or part of enforcing the ordinance, and the City Attorney, Gary Copas, persuasively argued that the terms of the ordinance were regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and therefore under it's, not the city's jurisdiction. A representative from the Dollar General store in RBS also spoke at the meeting, claiming that in response to the ordinance, Dollar General has limited the amount to three per customer of the particular over-the-counter drug.
The City Council voted to accept city engineers' bid and plan for replacing the city's main waterline. Removal of the existing waterline and replacement with a new line will begin in 2004.
Mayor Randal Gregory acknowledged that this endeavor by Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon will cause some disruption, but said, "If you're going to make progress, you're not going to have any choice but doing this."
A project to color-code the city's fire hydrants will commence shortly in compliance with new codes issued by the state. This will enable firefighters to determine which hydrants may be used for their water hoses and which only have sufficient pressure to fill water tanks.