Council members want mayor removed from city accounts
by Briana Webster
May 15, 2014 | 2969 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — At the end of the Carbon Hill City Council meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Pro Tem James “Jimbo” Bray Jr. made a motion to have an ordinance to remove Mayor James “Pee Wee” Richardson from all city accounts and to ask the city attorney to adopt the ordinance for uses of the city council.

District 2 council member Jack Dunn seconded the motion.

Richardson said, “I’m going to veto it when you do it.” 

“You can’t veto it,” Bray snapped back.

“Don’t tell me I can’t. You better read your law book,” Richardson replied.

During a meeting held in the fall of 2013, council members voted to not allow Richardson to sign checks that are more than $100. Dunn also requested during Tuesday night’s meeting that Richardson deliver the receipts of a significant amount of scrap iron that was sold which belonged to the city that Richardson supposedly has kept at his residence. Richardson said he would handle the situation.

The motion passed with Dunn, Bray and District 5 council member Suzanne Atkins voting yes; District 4 council member Mark Chambers and Richardson voting no; and District 1 council member Sandra Garrison abstaining from the vote.

After adjourning Bray and Richardson had a heated discussion in the hallway of the community center.

“I’m going to talk to the lawyer, and there’s some things according to state law that they can’t change. They met this evening, four of them did, against the law,” Richardson said. “I’m going to turn them in to the ethics commission tomorrow for having a meeting across the street over there, the four of them together. Now if they want to play games, we’re going to play games.”

Bray, along with Dunn, said Richardson was lying and that there were only three of them who met.

“There was no Sunshine Law broke. There were three of us meeting with the lawyer pertaining to a lawsuit, and that sums it up. The rest of that, all of that, was a lie,” Bray said. “Three of us were called down there by our lawyer with AMIC, our insurance company, for a lawsuit. There were not four.”

“We did have six [council members]; he is right. I thought we had accepted it (Mason’s resignation at the last meeting), and I’m going to go back, read it and find out, but if we didn’t accept it, they are right,” Richardson said. “They met legally, and I apologize for it. But things are fixing to tighten up.”