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Paradise City Council election in the air

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Paradise City Council places 1, 2 and 3 are up for grabs this year, but only two incumbents have filed and no challengers.

Bob Gayan and Brad Largent filed for re-election, but Bill Schneck did not. The filing deadline was 5 p.m. Monday, but people can still file as a write-in candidate through 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22.

Monday evening, the council called the Nov. 4 election and agreed to partner with Wise County to hold the voting. If no one else files, the election will be canceled, and Schneck’s seat will be filled by appointment. Gayan and Largent would be automatically re-elected.

The council also agreed to assist the Paradise Youth Recreation Association, PYRA, with refurbishing and upgrading the city’s ballfield restrooms.

The council committed about $3,900 – 75 percent of the $5,200 cost quoted by PYRA leader Jodi Messenger. The organization leased the ballfields and took over maintenance in 2012. Messenger said the association didn’t have enough money to do all the work needed. She said the money raised would go to mostly pay for new, higher-quality fixtures.

Other business:

  • Council members agreed to extend a service agreement with AriCanopy and Sky Beam for three more years.
  • The council moved about $90,000 into CDs.

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