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Familiar Faces Return to Springfield City Commission Meeting

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Two familiar faces have returned to the Springfield City Commission Board. Mayor Ralph Hammond and Commissioner Jimmy Talley both held commission seats prior to their recent election.

They were elected last month and participated in their first regular meeting Monday night.

Several items were on the agenda, which commissioners tackled and agreed on in about half an hour.

Among those items, the commission will lease new vehicles at about $40,000 a year for Springfield's Police Department. The original plan was to pay cash for the cars which would have cost more than $140,000.

The board also filled a civil service position, agreed to sell surplus vehicles, and renewed their Department of Transportation contract.

Hammond and Talley said they're pleased with Monday's meeting including those decisions and some lighthearted moments.

"I'm an old timer. I believe if you can't have fun doing it, you shouldn't be doing the job. We do take it very serious of what we're doing," said Mayor Hammond.

"We were light, but we were very productive, and we give the freedom for the citizens to come up here and tell us what's on their mind and what they need done, and we go from there. We'll do everything in our power to try to accomplish what they need," said Commissioner Talley.

Mayor Hammond also chose Commissioner Carl Gurti to serve as mayor pro tem next year. If Hammond isn't able to attend a meeting, Gurti will lead the board.