The Runaway Bay City Council voted Monday to cancel its May 9 election because there are no contested races.
Three at-large seats were up for election, but only incumbents Berry White, Dan Ticer and Jerry St. John filed for the positions.
In other regular business, the council approved purchasing five bulletproof vests for the Runaway Bay Police Department.
The action came after Chief Tim Donald requested money to purchase Yeti coolers that would then be raffled to raise funds to buy the vests.
“We’re looking at buying two Yeti coolers and holding a raffle for them to raise the money,” Donald said.
After some discussion, the council decided to just purchase the vests.
“I think it’s a good idea. I just don’t want people to think we don’t care about police officer protection,” council member Jerry St. John said.
Donald said each bulletproof vest could cost anywhere from $600 to $1,500 and last for about five years. The two Yeti coolers he was planning to purchase cost $279 and $175, respectively.
“How about we buy the five vests now at $1,000 apiece, then have the raffle to pay back the city?” council member White asked.
Donald and the council agreed to his suggestions.
Council members also approved Donald’s request to hold a golf tournament to raise money for the future renovation and expansion of the police station.
The council also heard a request from John Boyd of Infinilink Broadband to lease space on top of the city’s water tower to set up Internet signal antennas.
City secretary Oneta Berghoefer recommended the council declare an intent to lease space with the particulars of the negotiation to be worked out later.
“We’d just need some sort of agreement in writing in order to move forward,” Boyd said.
The council approved the negotiation agreement 5-0.
The council also tabled the contract renewal with U.S. Water for water/wastewater treatment facilities because some council members wanted to continue negotiations. The item is expected to be discussed in a future workshop.
The council’s next meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, and is open to the public.