Election canceled, streets targeted

By Bob Buckel | Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Meeting Monday night, the Decatur City Council canceled an election, agreed to close a few streets and pave others.

The council approved an ordinance recognizing that none of them has an opponent in the May 10 election. State law allows cities and other entities to cancel an election if there are no contested races, and declare the lone candidate in each race to be elected.

Mayor Martin Woodruff, Place 3 council member Cary Bohn and Place 5 council member Jay Davidson all filed for re-election and drew no opposition. Place 1 council member Dana Clinesmith opted not to seek re-election, but only one person, Dr. Carmelina Holloway, signed up to run for her office.

Those four were declared elected Monday night and will be sworn in after the May 10 ballots have been counted.

The city will still serve as a voting location for the Decatur school board – where the ballot has two contested races.

Council members gave the go-ahead for just over $235,000 worth of street paving via an interlocal agreement with the county. Eagle Drive and Thompson Street, from Deer Park Road to Farm Road 51 South, and Deer Park Road from Business 380 West to Thompson Street, will get a 2-inch asphalt overlay similar to what was done on Main Street last year.

Under the agreement, the city buys the material and the county provides the labor and equipment, saving the city considerable expense. The nearly 1.8 miles of paving at $48 a ton will cost the city $235,314.

The council also approved street closings for several events coming up, including:

  • Glitzy Girlz Trailer Park event this Saturday, April 19 – the 100 block of State Street from Walnut to Main, the 100 block of Main Street from State to Trinity, and the 100 block of Trinity from Main to Walnut;
  • those same three blocks around the square from 4-8 p.m. May 3, June 7, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4 for Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square;
  • a 1K and 5K family fun run for Carson Elementary that will not actually close any city streets, but will put some runners on the side of Business 287, Hale and College Streets beginning at 8 a.m. April 26.

A re-plat application for Stephen Todd and Susan Parks won final approval after a required public hearing.

The council proclaimed April 13-19 as National Library Week and declared April as Safe Digging Month, recognizing Atmos Energy’s Common Ground Alliance.

They also reappointed Mark Duncum, Don Ogle and J.D. Sifford to the Board of Adjustment for new two-year terms.

Finally, with Police Chief Rex Hoskins out of town, the council got an update from City Manager Brett Shannon on the city’s new emergency notification system. Shannon said signups had begun and an ad had been run in the Messenger inviting citizens to submit their cellphone numbers so they would get weather and other emergency notifications through the automated system.

He said there will also be a notification in the next water bill, and people can sign up on the city’s website as well.

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