SMITHVILLE — Longtime City Clerk Linda Drummond was recognized during the Aug. 6 Smithville Board of Aldermen meeting for earning certification as a municipal clerk. Following acknowledgment of her accomplishment, winners of the city photo contest were announced and a bid for sidewalk work along South Commercial Avenue was approved.
Drummond was presented a certificate after her training by Gladstone City Clerk Ruth Bocchino. The certificate marked her becoming a Missouri certified municipal clerk from the Missouri City Clerks & Finance Officers Association.
Achieving certification requires a combination of education and experience, Bocchino said. Drummond has worked for Smithville since 2015. Her duties include taking alderman meeting minutes and acting as custodian of records along with supervising filing and making sure vacant positions are filled.
Drummond also manages the city’s social media accounts and helps design paperwork for city staff. She works directly with the mayor, aldermen, city administrator and the public as she fulfills records requests.
All present aldermen, Mayor Damien Boley and city staff congratulated Drummond.
In addition to honoring Drummond, winners of the city’s summer photo contest were announced.
For the contest, participants of all skill levels and ages were asked to submit photos that illustrated what Smithville meant to them.
Taking first place was Pam Johnson for her photograph, “It’s a Great Day to be an American.”
Second place went to Genevieve Tota with her picture, “Enjoying an Evening Walk at the Lake.” Third place was clutched by KC Maynes with “Lakeside Sunset.”
Winning photos can be viewed on the city of Smithville Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SmithvilleMissouri/. Winners received gift cards.
Work to pour new sidewalks along South Commercial Avenue is about to begin and is slated to be complete by the end of November. Though sidewalk work is getting started, the road closure at Hospital Drive has ended as of Tuesday, Aug. 13.
A post on the city’s Facebook page Tuesday urged drivers to use caution as the road is narrower than usual and the pavement is uneven as improvements are not complete.
“The remainder of the repairs will be completed in the next week, including the asphalt cap, weather permitting,” states the city’s Tuesday post.