The city of Hull has called a special election for its empty council seat.
The election is scheduled for March 17 with advanced voting dates set for Feb. 24 and March 3 from 6:30-8 p.m. The early voting date is March 10 from 6:30-8 p.m.
There’s been an opening at the council table since September when Paul Elkins resigned from his post to pursue the city’s mayoral position vacated by Rebecca Hutchins. Elkins won the small town’s first contested mayoral race in a decade, defeating newcomer Toney Ganey, 27-21, in November.
Hull, which has had problems filling council seats in the past, has operated as a four-member council for the past four months.
Qualifying for Elkins’ old council seat is Feb. 9 from 9-10:30 a.m., Feb. 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. and Feb. 11 from 4-5:30 p.m.
The qualifying fee is $19.50.
The voter registration deadline is Feb. 16.
The city voted to use the same poll workers it used in its last election.
Hull leaders amended their 2009 budget Monday, separating SPLOST money from the general operating fund.
This wasn’t done in December when the council initially approved the budget.
The city is slated to receive $15,600 in SPLOST this year. City clerk Sandra Pou suggested opening a separate account for the SPLOST, perhaps a money market account.
The city also transferred $1,100 from the insurance fund to miscellaneous expenses to cover reimbursements to council members for training fees.
sworn-in, duties appointed
The council swore in members Rebecca Elkins and Wayne Melton for their new terms of office Monday.
The city also selected its mayor pro tem (Melton), election superintendent (Sandra Pou), attorney (Pat Graham), registrar (Tracy Dean) and auditor (Hawkins and McNair).
In other news, the council will postpone approval of a survey and staking pins project until more certain of its funds. City leaders will revisit the matter in June.
In what he called “public relations,” Elkins presented a draft of important government, emergency and utility phone numbers to be sent to citizens.
The council also heard the city received a $480 check from an agency collecting on delinquent accounts.