Oakman names new council member

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 3/20/19

OAKMAN — There is a new council member in the Town of Oakman.Rodney Harris was appointed to the Oakman Town Council by a unanimous vote Monday. He takes the seat for Place 3, which was vacated by …

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Oakman names new council member

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OAKMAN — There is a new council member in the Town of Oakman.

Rodney Harris was appointed to the Oakman Town Council by a unanimous vote Monday. He takes the seat for Place 3, which was vacated by Chrystal Lewis in January.

Oakman Mayor Cory Franks suggested Harris join the town council. He said Harris has been a community member for a number of years and works at the local post office. His wife works at Oakman Middle School, and his children are graduates of Oakman High School.

According to Franks, town citizens even approached Harris about considering the council seat. 

"He's a family man, a respectable man in the community, and he has a good family," Franks said. "He shares some of the same passions I share as far as professionalism and wanting to do what we can do as a group."

Franks said Harris also understands the responsibility of the position he has accepted.

"I'm not saying anybody here, but sometimes we occupy spaces just to occupy," he said. "We need someone who is going to be proactive, who is going to have ideas, and who is going to inquire about things going on and what we're doing."

Harris stood alongside his wife Monday evening as he was sworn in by Franks. Many of Harris' family members were also in attendance.

In other business, the council:

• Heard an update on the town's storm shelter from Oakman Fire Chief Shane Calloway. He said the shelter body has been installed, and he's hoping it will be open in the next couple of months, once electricity and plumbing has been connected.

He also said there were four house fires in the town last month.

• Heard from Franks that the town's recent parks and recreation banquet was a success.

"It was our first year for parks and recreation. We had kids qualify for All-Star teams, and they went to state, and things of the nature," he said. "A lot of kids have been exposed to athletics that they wouldn't have been exposed to since junior high school."

• Announced they will have an Easter egg hunt next month, but a firm date has not been announced.