BANGS — Bangs resident and Brownwood firefighter Jody Horton has been appointed to fill the unexpired term of council member Kim Henderson, who resigned due to health issues. Action came during Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Mayor Martin Molotsky acted as the tie-breaker after the council split a 2-2 vote on Horton’s approval. Council members Waymond Sheppard and Cornelius Hood Jr. voted in favor of the appointment, while Marissa Craddock and Katrina Breedlove were opposed.
“As the tie-breaker, I am going to vote for him,” Molotsky said. “By a 3-2 vote, Jody Horton is your new city council member.”
In other business, the council:
• Approved minutes for meetings held in July 2009.
• Approved paid invoices for July 2009.
• Heard monthly activity reports. Judge Ronnie Lappe said the court received $4,233.18 in revenues for the month of July. Police chief Butch Lawson reported that the department responded to 57 calls with two arrests. Total miles driven between three vehicles was 2,607 with a fuel expense of $283.35. Code enforcement official Onie Carroll conducted 34 inspections with 27 corrections and had three junk vehicles removed.
• Heard a request from Judy Spivey with the Brownwood/Brown County Child Welfare Board for the city to financially assist with the program. Molotsky told Spivey the council would take the matter into consideration and discuss the issue during a special called meeting regarding budget issues.
• Heard a request from David Cole to erect a 40-foot wind tower on his property. The council agreed to discuss the matter at a special called meeting.
• Approved the Bangs Municipal Development District budget for 2009/10.
• Received a financial report from the Bangs Economic Development Corporation.
The next scheduled meeting of the city council will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at city hall.