Robinson appointed new mayor in Sipsey

By RICK WATSON – Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 7/18/19

SIPSEY — The Sipsey Town Council voted 3-0 — with one abstention — on Monday to name council member Brenda Robinson the new mayor of Sipsey.

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Robinson appointed new mayor in Sipsey

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SIPSEY — The Sipsey Town Council voted 3-0 — with one abstention — on Monday to name council member Brenda Robinson the new mayor of Sipsey.

Robinson had served as mayor pro tem until the death of the sitting mayor, Jerry Mack Saddler, who passed away Saturday, June 22, at his residence. He was 82. 

The council briefly discussed Monday whether Robinson satisfied the residency qualifications for the job. In the end, Council members Stephanie Sanders,  Jerome Nunn and Robinson voted for Robinson’s appointment. 

Councilman Donald Jean abstained on the appointment.  Councilman Christopher Lawler was absent. 

Sanders will now assume the role of mayor pro tem, as she and Robinson voted 2-0 for that appointment. 

Robinson was the second female African American appointed to a top municipal leadership post in the county within the past week, as La’Tisha Oliver was appointed the mayor of Parrish on July 9. 

In other action, the council: 

•heard Robinson recommend that the council allocated $2,500 to repair the recreational center. The building needs pressure washing, painting, and other repairs to get it ready for use. The council voted approved allocating $2,500 to get started on the needed repairs.

•heard Robinson recommend that the council allocated $10,000 to repair the community center. The roof of the community center has issues, some of the sheetrock on interior walls sustained damage after a leak in an overhead pipe, and the bathrooms need to be upgraded to make them handicap accessible. The council voted to allocate funds for these repairs.

•heard Robinson request the town get an estimate to change the current street lights to LED and to add an additional 10 street lights.