WHITE SPRINGS — Along with two council seats, White Springs voters will decide next month on proposed changes to the charter.
The ballot questions were approved for the final time at the town’s March 12 meeting.
The proposed changes include council members having four-year terms instead of two, with elections every two years; seat designations for council members; loosening but not scraping the requirements that Robert’s Rules of Order be the procedural norm; giving authority to the council to create and establish boards and committees in compliance with general law and the Corporate Boundaries of the Town of White Springs be defined by the ordinance of annexation.
The election will be held Tuesday, April 23.
Shauna Adams-Farries, of the Hamilton County Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, asked the town council to create two new ordinances.
The first ordinance is a content neutral signage to reduce the number of signs allowed in a window of a business.
She wants to prevent children from using tobacco and most advertising is directed at the youth.
The second ordinance is to address the coupon sales of tobacco and alcohol such as buy one, get one free.
The town agreed to look into the ordinances.
Local Option Fuel Tax discussed
Councilwoman Helen Miller and Councilman Walter McKenzie voted against the accounts payable at the meeting.
Miller does not want to vote for it because she believes the town is not utilizing the local option fuel tax in an appropriate manner.
Miller and McKenzie asked for the opinion of the Attorney General.
Councilman Rhett Bullard asked why it is problem now in how it is spent.
“The reason is because I am better educated about how to spend it,” Miller said.
She said based on her research and other opinions from the Attorney General, the town is misusing the funds.
Bullard said Miller has never presented evidence to the council.
“I think Councilwoman Miller has attempted to bring this to our attention,” McKenzie said. “Every single time, like she was interrupted now, she is met with an uncooperative attitude.
“I am aware of things I use to not be aware of also.”
McKenzie added that if an opinion from the Attorney General agreed with the way the town was using the funds, he would be willing to accept it.
Bullard made a motion to get the opinion if that will make them comfortable to approve accounts payable.
Miller seconded the motion.
“I am not tying to be confrontational, I honestly do have concerns about this,” McKenzie said. “I have honestly had constituents express concerns about this.
“I am honestly looking for an authority that we can accept this authority and I think this will be the way to do it.”
Mayor Spencer Lofton asked McKenzie if he would name the constituents that were concerned, which McKenzie declined to do.
“Because it is probably not real,” Bullard said. “It’s always these people told me, or this happened. Nobody in this audience, who has been here this entire time, has called the Attorney General’s office.”
Bullard withdrew his motion to get the opinion from the Attorney General’s office.