New council members get certificates of election
by Daniel Gaddy
Oct 19, 2012 | 1560 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — The Carbon Hill City Council failed to establish a quorum during its regular scheduled meeting on Thursday.

The council met on Monday, however, to present certificates of election to the two winning candidates from the Oct. 9 municipal runoff election.

The runoff included the race for mayor between James “Pee Wee” Richardson and Jacque Roberson Allred. Richardson won with 419 votes, compared to 382 for Allred.

City Clerk Kim Sides said eight provisional ballots were added to the final count on Monday. Richardson received three, and Allred received five, leaving the official amount 422-387.

The Oct. 9 runoff also included the race for Carbon Hill City Council’s District 1 seat, in which William “Billy” Wright won with 78 votes. Wright’s opponent, Todd Vick, received 76 votes.

Sides said each candidate in the District 1 race received one provisional ballot.

During Monday’s special called meeting, Sides also read a statement from Carbon Hill’s current mayor, Chris Hart.

In the letter, Hart thanked the people of Carbon Hill for entrusting him with the position. He also said that he believes the council made great strides to improve the city during his administration, things like the swimming pool and splash pad.

"Without the support of the people of not only this city but of the Carbon Hill community, it can be a very tough job," he said. "With the entry of our new Mayor and council, let us give them the support that they need to continue to move our city forward, to work on the cleanup efforts that are greatly needed and make our city presentable to the outside eyes that might be looking to locate here in the future. Let us all work together to envision and prepare for a bigger, better, stronger, beautiful Carbon Hill."

Hart’s letter also stated that he owes the council, the city's employees, the residents of Carbon Hill as well as his family and friends a heart-felt apology for an arrest last month in Oklahoma.

"I hope that you will accept my apology and not mark that as the event of my eight years in office," the letter stated. "I am only human but one held to a higher standard because of my position, I accepted that when I ran for office. I am also a man that can admit when I am wrong or when I have made a mistake and that is what I am doing now. I have deeply embarrassed you all and I am offering up my apology from the bottom of my heart and asking for your forgiveness."

Hart was arrested in Tulsa, Okla., on charges of actual physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated.

In an interview last week, Hart said he decided to sleep in his car rather than drive the night of the incident. He said he had no intention of driving the vehicle, a point that was evident because his keys were in the console rather than the ignition.

Hart also said that no drugs were involved in the incident.