Posey, Sudduth receive certificates of election
by Daniel Gaddy
Sep 05, 2012 | 1610 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey and District 5 Council Member Sandi Sudduth present one another with certificates of election during the Jasper City Council’s meeting on Tuesday. - Photo by: Daniel Gaddy.
Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey and District 5 Council Member Sandi Sudduth present one another with certificates of election during the Jasper City Council’s meeting on Tuesday. - Photo by: Daniel Gaddy.
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Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey and District 5 Council Member Sandi Sudduth presented one another with certificates of election during the council’s Tuesday meeting.

Posey won re-election against candidates Johnny Rollins (a current city council member) and Donnie Naramore, and Sudduth won against candidates Larry Stewart and Janelle Hankins.

“I’m certainly appreciative of the support of those members of District 5 for having confidence in me to continue to serve,” Sudduth said.

Posey said it is an honor to be elected to a third term.

Posey also said that, for the most part, he thinks the city’s leadership should continue on their current path. However, he said they should look to do more for the city’s employees.

“We can’t do for one group what we can’t for another, but I think it is time to analyze the situation, and in fact I’ve already asked Kathy to begin that procedure, and we’ll start that process now so by budget time, which is not far away, we can have some things for you to look at and compare,” Posey said to the council.

City Clerk Kathy Chambless also entered three provisional ballots into the record for last week’s municipal election. Those three ballots added three votes to Posey’s total and two votes to Sudduth’s.

With the provisional ballots added, Posey now stands with 1,978 votes, compared to 1,271 for Rollins and 170 for Naramore. Sudduth now has 304 votes, compared to 122 for Stewart and 64 for Hankins.

Rollins and council member Morris Studdard did not attend Tuesday’s meeting. Studdard will be in a runoff election on Oct. 9 with District 1 candidate Jed Daniel.

District 4 Council member Gary Cowen ran unopposed. Former Walker High School Principal Danny Gambrell won the District 2 council seat. District 4 candidates Jennifer Williams Smith and Allan Brown will also be in an Oct. 9 runoff.

In other business, the council:

•Voted to appropriate funds for an additional foreman for the Street Department.

•Voted to approve a budget amendment that added $27,000 to the general fund from the municipality’s excise tax on financial institutions. Chambless said financial officers initially expected the revenue to be around $60,000 from the tax, but it came in at more than $80,000.

Chambless reminded the council that she will likely propose a budget amendment for the next meeting that will include $50,000 for unexpected repairs to vehicles in the sanitation department.

•Approved a request by City Planner Keith Pike to pay for the removal of more trees from Oak Hill Cemetery. During a previous meeting, Pike had asked for the removal of several dead trees that posed a risk to visitors. Though the remaining trees are not dead, Pike said they have limbs that could fall off and injure visitors or damage their vehicles. Pike told the council the project should cost less than $5,000.

•Voted to pay $7,500 to repave a portion of First Baptist Corona Avenue Church’s parking lot, which workers damaged during a construction project for the city.

•Agreed to discuss establishing a rate for nuisance abatement properties. Posey said there have been instances in which the liens city officials put on properties were more than the properties are worth.

•Voted to accept a proposal by City Purchasing Agent Tommy Knight to enter into an agreement with GC&R Tires to provide tires, tubes and service to city vehicles.

•Heard a presentation from Al Blanton, a Jasper native and publisher of Black Belt Living. Blanton said he is starting a quarterly magazine for the Walker County area and asked if the City of Jasper would be interested in advertising in the publication.