In a three to one vote, James Pendley of Carbon Hill was appointed to the seat and will now represent District 5 on the Carbon City Council.
The meeting lasted only a few minutes with the council going into a short executive session in order to discuss the three applications received from candidates wishing to be considered for the vacant seat.
District 3 Councilman Terry Mason made a motion to nominate Jerry Elmore to the seat, but with no second to his motion, Mason’s nomination failed.
After Mason’s nomination failed, District 6 Council member Jimbo Bray made a motion to nominate James Pendley for the position, which District 4 Council member Kenneth “Sarge” Blankensopp seconded.
Pendley’s nomination was approved three to one with yes votes coming from Bray, Blankensopp and District 2 Council member Anthony Hammond, and a no vote from Mason.
The application process was held to give citizens living in District 5 the opportunity to submit their name for consideration for appointment to the vacant seat.
But Richardson said the council only received three applications from citizens living in District 5 by Thursday’s deadline. Besides Pendley and Elmore, the council also received an application from Jeffrey Farris.
The members of the Carbon Hill City Council also announced Thursday they will now be taking applications starting today through Tuesday, May 21, to fill the District 1 Council Seat which is now open following the death of District 1 Council member, Billy Wright, who passed away last weekend.
“We asks that everybody keep Billy’s family in their prayers during this very difficult time,” Richardson said. “He was a good man and worked hard for his family and the citizens in his district. And he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.”
Richardson said the applications for the District 1 Council Seat can be picked up at the Carbon Hill City Hall and must be returned no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.
“The council will look over the applications at our next meeting, which will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the Carbon Hill Community Center,” Richardson said. “And we will appoint someone to fill the District 1 Council Seat at that time.”