Councilman Dewayne Williams offered a letter of resignation to members of the Loyall City Council on Monday — because he said he was moving out of the city limits.
The resignation will become effective Oct. 19. The council will have 30 days from that date to appoint someone to fill his position.
“I didn’t think this would be this hard, but I’d like to tender my resignation from the council,” said Williams. “I want to take this opportunity, first off, to thank the mayor and his wisdom. I don’t think I honestly could have stepped into a situation where we could have hand-picked a mayor better to work with.”
Williams went on to make personal comments about each of the council members remembering their times together throughout the years.
“I’ve also learned the ladies working in the office are the backbone of the city,” said Williams. “Police Chief Mike Lunsford and Officer Mitch Alford are just great. We couldn’t have a better fire chief than Vern Guffy and the city is blessed to have Paul Collins working as an employee.”
Williams said he and his wife are expecting a new addition to their family — a son.
“I have made a lot of friends through my position and I want to thank each and every one of you for all you have done for me during my tenure as a Loyall city councilman,” said Williams. “We are truly blessed because there are so many cities with so many problems.”
Mayor Clarence Longworth told Williams he “sure hates to see him leave.”
“You’ve been a big help to us,” Longworth added. “Since the letter of resignation becomes effective Oct. 19, we will have to wait until our next meeting on Nov. 9 to accept his resignation.”
In other action:
*Lunsford reported his office received 51 complaints, issued 85 citations, made 24 arrests, offered eight assists to other departments and served 17 warrants during the month of September;
*Street Department Supervisor Vern Guffy reported work is now finished on sidewalks on Courtney Street;
*Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Paul Collins reported no issues at the sewer plant but they are still waiting on the sprocket and hub assembly for the No. 2 clarifier. He said he has cleaned and dipped all lift stations and replaced a float sensor at the Mapother lift station. He said he also replaced two float sensors at the Black Bottom lift station;
*Approved minutes from last meeting, the city’s financial report and fire report.
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