Hull City Council member Brandon Fortson turned in his letter of resignation earlier in the month.
“I must sadly take this time to inform you all that our friend Brandon Fortson has resigned from his position as of Feb. 7,” said Mayor Paul Elkins.
Reading Fortson’s letter, Elkins informed the council of the reasons for his early resignation and what must be done to fill the seat.
“Brandon stated that although he enjoyed his time spent on the council, he and his family recently moved to Colbert, and outside the city limits of Hull,” said Elkins. “The position would have originally ended on December 31, 2011, but with his early resignation I believe we must now appoint someone to stand in for the remainder of his term.”
City attorney Pat Graham informed the council on the requirements for filling the vacant position.
“The mayor and council can appoint an individual to fill the position, but it’s only for the remainder of the original term,” he said. “After that they would have to run for the position if they should choose to remain in the position.”
Giving instruction on how to handle the situation, Mayor Elkins delegated tasks to each member of the council to help with the filling of the position.
“Between now and our meeting in March, I would like every one of you to think of at least one person you would like to appoint into this new position,” said Elkins. “They should be someone that would make a good council person, and actually want to take part in our council.”
Elkins made a final remark on the subject.
“Put on your thinking caps, nominate someone and see if they’re willing to participate,” he said.
In other matters, the surveying and staking of pins around the city was once again tabled until the next meeting. The decision regarding the elimination of certain street lights around the city was tabled until December. The new service agreement contract between the city and the fire department will become effective starting the month of March. In a unanimous decision, the city decided to decline the Department of Revenue Resolution. The council decided to adopt the Northeast Georgia Regional Solid Waste Management Plan. Also, it was made known that Hull’s new radio station, WNEE, will finally hit the air around mid March.