by: Scott McCaulley
The Tuesday meeting of the Branson Board of Aldermen featured the transition from the term of outgoing Mayor Edd Akers to the new term of former Ward Two Alderman Larry Milton.
The first hour of the four hour meeting was taken up by finishing up old business and presentation of plaques for Mayor Akers as well as outgoing Aldermen Julia King and Bob Simmons.
After a break, Milton along with new aldermen Clay Cooper, Ruth Denhem, and Cody Felton were sworn into office with the lead item being a lengthy discussion on the proposal to end the Face Covering Mandate for the City which after going through several rounds of debate, was approved to go into effect on Friday. Also, a Public Hearing and initial approval was given for annexing a piece of land on the city’s southwest edge.
A detailed recap of the debate on ending the Face Covering Mandate can be found on a separate story on HTDN.com.