By Jeremy Elrod
Hull Mayor Mike Jones said Monday that he felt the city could do more for its residents.
“When I first became interested in this position I asked Brian (Koepnick) what all the city of Hull provides,” said Jones. “Because the primary purpose of a city is to provide city services…I know of similar cities that offer their residents services such as police departments, water, gas, garbage collection, parks and recreation, libraries, zoning, streets and sidewalks, etc. And I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings here, but I don’t feel that we’re providing any services.”
Councilwoman Paige Phillips questioned who would receive such services.
“Who would we be providing these services to?” asked Phillips. “It would just be to the actual city residents, correct?”
Jones said there are about 7,000 people and 2,500 homes in the 30646 zip code in the Hull area.
“And these people are different from the rest of those in this county,” said Mayor Jones. “These folks aren’t country folks or farmers, they’re city people who are currently without a city.”
Phillips then questioned how other cities are taxed for such services.