Hackney resigns seat on city council
by W. Brian Hale
Jul 08, 2011 | 3093 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — In a letter to Mayor Chris Hart and fellow members of the Carbon Hill City Council, District 3 Councilor Carol Ann Hackney announced that she was resigning from her position effective immediately.

Hackney said in the letter her resignation was tendered to devote more time to her family. A motion to declare the District 3 City Council seat open passed unanimously.

Hart said he had spoken to the League of Municipalities concerning Hackney’s resignation and was informed that the council has 60 days to nominate and appoint someone to the open position. If an agreement is not reached by the city council within the 60 day limit, the governor’s office has 30 days to appoint a person. If one is not provided by the governor, a special election must be held for the open seat.

The council requests anyone living in District 3 who is interested in the position to inform City Clerk Kim Sides at City Hall. For additional information, call 924-9961.

In other actions from the meeting:

•Hart stated that the farm animal moratorium enacted at the June 16 meeting is still in effect. Ordinances pertaining to banning new farm animals within city limits, and a ban on synthetic marijuana are currently being reviewed by City Attorney Ken Guin and are expected to be voted upon at the next council meeting.

•Police Chief Heath Allred reported that radar detectors have been installed in the new police cruisers and computers may also be installed over the next week.

•A motion to pay a $358 membership fee to the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Service System passed 3-1.

Sandra Garrison, Willie Clayton and Scott Wright voted yes, while Jack Hinds voted no.

•The council voted unanimously to renew its contract with the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging for 2012.

•A motion to not renew membership with the Birmingham Business Alliance passed unanimously.

• The city’s library report was read.

•The Hillfest Organiza-tion Committee will meet on Thursday, July 14, at 6 p.m. at the Carbon Hill Pool, to discuss and plan this year’s Hillfest celebration.

•Hart said that brick pavers are still available for the Carbon Hill Coal Miner’s Monument. The bricks are $25 and may contain up to 20 characters per line and up to three lines per brick. Pavers can be purchased at city hall and can be dedicated to any coal miner — deceased or still living.

Council member Horace Jones was absent from the meeting.