Council discusses appointment to city’s utilities board
by Rachel Davis
May 14, 2014 | 1558 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DORA – The Dora City Council discussed the appointment of a member to the Dora Utilities Board of Directors.

Current member Arthur Lee Taylor’s term will be up at the end of June and the council is responsible for appointing a new member.

Council member Clyde Nix made a motion to appoint Mayor Randy Stephens to the seat, but that was defeated by a 4-3 vote, with Stephens abstaining. Nix and council members Gary Thomas and Robbie Busby voted in favor of the Stephens. Council members George Sides Jr, Betty Sanders, Hezikiah Walker and Richard Lovelady voted against the appointment.

Next, Sides made a motion to reappoint Taylor to the seat. That was voted down 7-1, with Sides casting the lone vote in favor of Taylor.

Lovelady asked to table the vote and discuss it at a later meeting, but that too was defeated by a vote.

Nix then nominated Thomas, but it faced virtually the same 4-3 vote Stephens did, with Thomas abstaining and Stephens in favor.

Sides nominated Norman Holt, after Stephens said he had discussed it with Holt and he would be interested in serving. That nomination died on the table because no one seconded it.

Walker then made another motion to table the item and bring it back at the next meeting. That motion passed 5-3. Any Dora resident interested in serving on the board can express their interest to a member of the council or the mayor before the next meeting.

In other business:

•The council amended a resolution that granted Horse Creek Bistro a license to sell alcohol, to include the sale of mixed drinks. Lovelady, Thomas and Nix voted against.

•Stephens called the inaugural Horse Creek Jubilee a success, saying the festival was able to pay all its expenses and possibly even have a small reserve for next year, without borrowing the money the city had offered, if needed.