Garrison appointed to city council
by Elane Jones
May 25, 2013 | 1345 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — Before starting their regular council meeting Thursday night, members of the Carbon Hill Council voted unanimously to appoint Sandra Garrison to the Carbon Hill District 1 Council seat that was left vacant earlier this month by the death of her father, Carbon Hill Councilman Billy Wright.

Garrison held the District 1 Council seat for four years, from 2008 to 2012, before her father was elected to it in 2012.

“I wasn’t going to do this again, but this was my dad’s seat and I wanted to be here for him, and finish up the job for him,” Garrison said. “I want to do a good job for my dad, and help everybody make our community be the best it can be, and I really appreciate everyone on the council for giving me that chance.”

Carbon Hill Mayor James “PeeWee” Richardson said the city started taking applications in an effort to fill the District One Council Seat on Friday, May 17, until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, and Garrison was the only person who had turned in an application by the deadline.

“Sandra was on the previous council and decided to come back and help us,” Richardson said. “She wanted to finish up her father’s job for him and I know she will do good a job, and make Billy very proud.”

As soon as Garrison was sworn in and had taken her father’s seat on the podium, a full Carbon Hill City Council got down to the business at hand.

•All six members of the council voted to table a motion made by Richardson to appoint him (Richardson) to the Carbon Hill Utilities Board seat which was also left vacant by the death of council member Billy Wright.

Several members of the council were unclear about the need for a member of the City Council to be on the Utilities Board and wanted to consider the matter before voting on anything.

The motion was tabled until the next city council meeting, which will be Thursday, June 11.

In other business the council gave its approval to:

•Re-take bids on paving 1st Avenue South in Carbon Hill, from the NAPA Store to the old lumber yard.

Richardson said the money to fund the project will come from funds set aside for that purpose by a coal company, which once used the road before it closed its operation in Carbon Hill.

•Approve a bid from Lamar’s Glass to replace all five windows in the Carbon Hill Community Center (three in the council chambers and two in city’s library) at a total cost of $1,280, which will be funded through the city’s capital improvement grant.

•Hire Jeremy Ward as a part-time employee with the Carbon Hill Street Department. Ward will work temporarily with the city’s garbage crew.

•Purchase 25 tons of plant mix at a cost of $80 a ton. The plant mix will be used to repair holes in the city’s streets and the cost will be covered under the city’s alcohol revenue fund.

•Replace the public address (P.A.) system in the city council chamber at a cost of $499, plus $29 per mike. The cost will be covered under the city’s capital improvement grant.

•Move Janice Pendley from assistant city clerk to city clerk. Pendley will take over the clerk’s job from Kim Sides, who serves as the city’s magistrate.