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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Grand Ridge Council To Let Voters Decide Issues

Decision-making can be difficult for a town council lacking a required fifth member, or mayor. At their regular meeting last Thursday, Grand Ridge council members were deadlocked on the proposed appointment of an interim mayor and had to put a proposed decision to allow Sunday sales of alcohol on the ballot in a non-binding straw poll.
An election for mayor and two council seats is scheduled (if needed) this April; qualifying begins next month. But Councilman Thomas Peaden was ready to fill the vacancy Thursday. He nominated Wayne Edenfield, who owns a mobile home transport company, for mayor until the election. “The new mayor will not be seated until June,” Peaden said, “and that’s a long time to be without a mayor. I know Wayne to be a good conservative man and I know he’d do well.”
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