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Bridgeport City Council swears in new council

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, May 24, 2014

The group that adjourned Tuesday’s Bridgeport city council meeting was a different body from the one that started it.

Outgoing Mayor Keith McComis and council members A.Z. Smith, Bobby Brazier and Billy Fred Walker began the meeting, as outgoing councilmembers Kathy Kennedy and Jimmy Meyers did not attend.

The first group named Erika McComis acting city secretary while Jesica McEachern is on maternity leave, then canvassed the votes from the May 10 election – the last action of their terms for Smith and Keith McComis.

Before the vote, outgoing mayor McComis expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city.

“It’s been a real pleasure,” he said. “It may not have always been popular, but I always did what I thought we needed to do for the majority of the people. I felt like that’s who we were supposed to represent. I may have made some people mad, but I can live with that. I really had the concern of the majority of the people of Bridgeport.

“We made a lot of accomplishments in the last three years, and it hasn’t been just one entity. It’s been a partnership between the council and the employees of the city.”

Incoming Mayor Corey Lane presented the two with a framed proclamation and nameplate previously displayed in the council chambers.

“It is absolutely my pleasure as the incoming mayor to present these certificates,” Lane said. “The transition before you in a community like this is an incredible experience.

“Right after I was elected mayor and the results were known, I got phone calls from Keith (McComis), from many community members, from council members, all offering their support, their guidance, their information, their help It’s a very humbling experience, folks, to know that the people that you campaigned against are still willing to help. I can’t tell you how impressed I am. I look forward with optimism at the things that we can do here in Bridgeport.”

After taking the oath of office, Lane opened the floor to the other incoming council members.

“I feel very blessed and honored to have been voted in by the people,” said David Correll, who replaced Smith in Place 1. “I’m here for the people. I look forward to visiting with them and doing what we can for them.”

“I also want to thank everyone for their support,” said Calvin Coursey, who won Place 2. “I’ve lived in Bridgeport all of my life, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve the city.”

POSTPONED

In order to ensure that the newly seated council members had sufficient time to research the information before making a decision, officials postponed a decision on awarding a proposal for the installation of an on-site septic system at Bridgeport Municipal Airport and granting a special exception allowing a 1,088 square-foot-home in the 1200 block of Brush Street. City ordinance, which was amended in February, says dwellings must be at least 1,200 square feet.

They did:

  • reappoint Karen Green to a third two-year term as municipal court judge and gave her a 3-percent raise.
  • waive the rental fee for the pavilion and agree to temporarily closing 10th Street between Halsell Street and the entrance to the Building Center and Cates Street from 9th to 11th streets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, for the Cub Scout Soap Box Derby.
  • authorize the Wise County Appraisal District to sell real property previously struck off the tax roll for delinquent taxes.
  • approve the May 6 meeting minutes.
  • review the May 8-21 payment report in the amount of $570,597.17.

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