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September 23, 2014

Ranburne Council appoints new member

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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:00 am | Updated: 9:02 am, Thu Aug 21, 2014.

The Ranburne Town Council on Monday unanimously appointed David Walker, a former Parks and Recreation Department board member, to finish the term of a council member who recently resigned.

Four people expressed interest in serving the remainder of Ernie Crawford’s term, which ends in 2016. Crawford resigned in June after deciding to move out of state, said Pam Richardson, town clerk.

Two of the applicants lived outside the city limits, Richardson said. The two eligible applicants were Mary Davis and Walker, she said.

Neither Davis nor Walker attended the council’s meeting Monday evening.

Councilman Larry Smith had approached Walker to take Crawford’s place and Monday he reiterated his support. He said he has known Walker for more than 10 years.

“I’ve found him to be trustworthy. I’ve found him to be honest,” Smith said. “I know he cares about this community.”

Walker served on the Ranburne Parks and Recreation Department Board until his children outgrew the programs, Smith said. Smith said Walker would be an asset to the council.

The council members voted 4-0 to appoint Walker.

In other business the council members:

- Heard that the windows of the Ranburne Police Department had been replaced by Whitman’s Glass Shop in Carrollton, Ga. The windows were replaced last Wednesday and the door will be replaced sometime this week, police Chief Steve Tucker said. Richardson was unsure what the final bill would be for the work. She said the bill would be paid out of court cost revenue.

- Heard from Mayor Owen Lowery that on Aug. 1, the city received a $75,000 bill from the Alabama Department of Transportation for paving work to be completed on Georgia Avenue. The city sent a check on Aug. 5, Lowery said.

Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872 in Heflin, 256-235-3545 in Anniston. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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