In its final meeting of 2016, the Chester City Council needed only seven minutes to breeze through its one-page agenda on Monday.
With only three agenda items to consider, the council made one immediate decision and two others that will have a direct impact on 2017.
The council approved Mayor Tom Page"s appointment of Patrick Miller to the Police Pension Board.
"We have a vacancy on that board and he"s expressed an interest in helping us," Page said.
Secondly, the council approved Page"s appointments to the Christmas on the River committee, with the 2016 event having been conducted earlier this month.
Acknowledging that it felt weird to be talking about next year"s version of the event already, Page appointed Chester Recreation Director Patti Carter, Cherie Diercks, Teri Crum, Brandy Maes and Norma Baughman to the committee.
Finally, the council approved an ordinance bumping up the start of council meetings to 6 p.m., with finance meetings to take place at 5:30 p.m. The new time will begin with the council"s first meeting of 2017, scheduled for Jan. 3.
In his remarks to the council, Page said he had discussions with each individual alderman about the change in start time and felt that 7 p.m. was a bit of a late hour.
In other news, the council approved bills and payroll in the amount of $98.920.58. The council also approved raffle licenses for the Chester Boat Club, Mary Help of Christians and STAR Committee.
Page also stated that the next Chester Area Christian Food Pantry Mobile Market is Dec. 28 at 10 a.m.