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Year ends quietly for White council

NEIL MCGAHEE/The Daily Tribune News
Joe Hite, center left, held a simple reminder for White City Council.
About 75 citizens of the city of White — some carrying hand-lettered placards demanding honesty in government — filled the city council chambers Monday, anticipating a fight over a council appointment.

The ruckus started two weeks ago after municipal elections, when it was learned that White city councilman Jimmy Bennett had resigned, allowing outgoing mayor Chris Allen to appoint former police chief David King to replace Bennett.

King had lost the mayoral race, and for him to be appointed to the council seat was the last straw for many.

“There’s a bunch of people that don’t agree with that,” one man said. “The one that come in third in the election [Gary Crisp] should be appointed. That’s the fair way to do it.”

At 6 p.m. Monday, the parking lot was nearly full and more were arriving. By meeting time, the crowd had filled the council chamber to capacity and overflowed into a hallway.

White resident Joe Hite sat in the middle of it all holding a small sign that simply read, “Honesty is the best policy.” Another sign read, “Fresh Face, Fresh Start.”

The mayor and council blew through the agenda — reading of the minutes, approval of SPLOST projects, election returns, budget amendments and employees’ Christmas gifts to name a few —  without any mention of who would fill Bennett’s open seat.

Two citizens brought up problems with people shooting guns in the city, a dry fire hydrant and flooding issues — then Charles Evans asked THE question.

“I was just curious about the city council seat,” he said. “How are you going to go about filling it. Is it going to be the new mayor over it or if that’s going to be the present mayor?”

“The new administration will take care of that,” Allen replied.

Due to the New Years holiday, the White City Council will meet again on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at 7 p.m.

Last modified onTuesday, 05 December 2017 20:47
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