Canton rejects one of mayor’s board nominees
by Erin Dentmon
February 23, 2013 12:00 AM | 2922 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — The Canton City Council voted against one board appointment made by Mayor Gene Hobgood at Thursday night’s City Council meeting, approving the rest of the mayor’s nominations.

The Council rejected the reappointment of Skip Spears to the city’s Stormwater Advisory Board.

The Council voted 3-2 to reject the reappointment. Glen Cummins and Jack Goodwin dissented, and Bill Bryan was absent. John Beresford made the motion to reject Spears’ nomination.

After the vote to reject the appointment, the Council unanimously voted to appoint Bruce Ayer to the spot on the Stormwater Advisory Board.

Other appointments to the stormwater board were Howard Levy to replace John Beresford, and the reappointment of Jane Shelnutt, Jack Fincher, Steve Padgett, Ben Key and Bill Kent. All these nominees were approved unanimously.

City Council members were removed from all citizen boards.

Other citizens named to boards, commissions and authorities were:

* Housing Authority: Pat Tanner to fill the term of Dee Durham, and reappointments of Will Hattendorf, Clayton Reed, Delores Heard and George Moore

 Canton Building Authority: David Resendiz to replace Jack Goodwin

* Urban Redevelopment Agency: David Resendiz to replace Glen Cummins, Derick Grimes to replace Skip Spears, Clay Cowey to replace Jack Goodwin, and the reappointment of Tommy Justice and Andy Alexander

* Canton Preservation Inc.: Stefanie Joyner to replace Skip Spears, and the reappointment of Nell Magruder and Jack Whitmire

* Canton Tourism: Jennifer Wyatt as a new member, and the reappointment of Pat Gold, Bill Magruder, Joyce Swindell, George Murphy and Frances Vaughn

* Tree City of Canton: Stefin Lewitt to replace Jack Goodwin, and the reappointment of Frances Vaughn, Joan Anderson and Jerry Merritt; and

* Impact Fee Advisory Committee: David Alaniz to replace Jack Goodwin, and the reappointment of Doug Williams, George McClure, Glen Bliss and James Bagwell

Hobgood said some of his nominations were different from the recommended nominees he presented in January, as he continued to discuss the nominations with Council members during the last few weeks.

No nominations were made to the Downtown Development Authority, Canton Development Authority, the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Library Board because no terms on those boards have ended.

The Council did not vote on appointments to the Main Street Board after Hobgood said the Main Street bylaws allow the mayor to make appointments without Council approval. Beresford said he wanted to note that he was in support of the mayor’s candidates for the board.

Beresford said the Council is moving in the right direction by appointing some new members to committees.

“It’s good to see that we have citizens that are interested in getting involved,” he said.

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