Alexis Hooper: Serves as Cleveland Mayor for a Day
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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OAK GROVE Elementary School student Alexis Hooper served as “Mayor for a Day” on Monday. Banner photo, JOYANNA LOVE
OAK GROVE Elementary School student Alexis Hooper served as “Mayor for a Day” on Monday. Banner photo, JOYANNA LOVE
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There was an extra member of the Cleveland City Council Monday.

Mayor for a Day Alexis Hooper joined the Council body and split chairman duties with Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland.

Her duties included reading the names of the councilmen when it came time for district reports, opening the meeting and adjourning the meeting.

In addition to meeting members of the City Council, Alexis was introduced to key city staff.

During the 3 p.m. voting session, Alexis called on Cleveland Fire Chief Steve Haun for an update about the Summit. Haun said responses to fire alarms on the fourth floor had all been false alarms.

Rowland suggested the issue be brought up at a forthcoming meeting with The Summit’s owner.

The need for a potential rezoning to be approved before the first of the year for a developer to qualify for Department of Housing and Development funding was also discussed.

The issue would require two readings. The first will be at the Dec. 9 meeting, if approved by the Planning Commission. City Manager Janice Casteel suggested the Council could meet on Dec. 23 or on Dec. 30.

“We only have to meet on that one issue,” Casteel said.

To receive HUD grants, developers receive points based on the county in which they are located.

Jonathan Jobe, director of development and engineering services, said Bradley County receives the second-highest number of points in the state.

Alexis said she was not in favor of the city offices working the Monday before Christmas.

Also during her time with the city, Alexis paid a visit to Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis and visited Habitat for Humanity homes.

Rowland also introduced her to everyone in attendance at the 1 p.m. Council work session.

Rowland mentioned setting up an airplane ride for Alexis through Mark Fidler at the Cleveland Regional Jetport.

Alexis is a fourth-grade student at Oak Grove Elementary School, where her favorite subject is math. She said she was chosen for “Mayor for a Day” through a fundraiser drawing at her school.

She will also be given the chance to serve as “Principal for a Day” sometime before Christmas vacation. Alexis said former Principal Ted Bryson is her all-time favorite.