Council delays vote on filling vacant seat
by Rachel Davis
Mar 20, 2013 | 1335 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OAKMAN — Oakman’s city council will appoint their new council member later this week at a special called meeting. At press time, a time and date for that meeting had not been set.

The council has one open seat that must be filled by Saturday or the governor’s office will make an appointment to fill the seat.

Those who have expressed an interest in the open seat are former council member Steve Windham, Rhonda Milwood and Mary Jones. Scott McCown, pastor at Parrish Church of Christ, is also weighing interest, according to Mayor Dennis Welch.

Former mayor Joyce Todd and former council member Patt Blackwell had previously expressed an interest, but recently asked Welch to remove their names from consideration.

Welch also said any candidate would require a two-thirds majority vote to pass, meaning four of the currently seated members would have to vote in favor of a candidate for them to be appointed to the seat.

In other action:

•Welch updated the council on the progress of the approved projects from the last meeting, saying the white building they voted to demolish was in worse condition than ever and had become the city’s most pressing issue. Moving the court clerk and court office will be a secondary priority.

•The council discussed the city’s court system and the need to make it function more efficiently and more profitably. No action was taken.