Daleville council tables school board decision

A decision on a school board appointment has been delayed until the August Daleville City Council meeting.

At the Daleville City Council meeting May 19, the council agreed by majority to delay a decision until the Aug. 18 meeting.

“I move that we delay the appointment just to give the council additional time,” said Councilwoman Katheryn Horace, after the council had a third tied vote in as many council meetings.

“I think the attorney recommended three months,” Horace said. “I don’t oppose that.”

At issue is an appointment by the city council for a five-year term on the Daleville Board of Education.

The official announcement of the expiring DBOE term for longtime board member Ricky McLin was made at the April 7 city council meeting, with an appointment expected to be made at the April 21 meeting.

The April 21 city council meeting was postponed until April 30 due to concerns created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the council failed to reach a consensus on McLin’s reappointment during the April 30 and May 5 council meetings, Daleville City Attorney Henry Steagall suggested that the issue be tabled. “The law says that in a regular meeting in the month of April you should make your decision and the person should take office at the first meeting in June but that just came and went,” Steagall said at the May 5 council meeting.

“The final conclusion is if you don’t have the votes and you can’t do it, how do you comply with that (law)?” Steagall said at the May 5 meeting. “I think at the next city council meeting you could have a motion to table the matter until September and I don’t see that that would be illegal.

“I don’t think that would be improper or illegal just to table the matter especially since you’ve had two votes on it now and you’ve got a statement,” he added.

“At our last meeting, the city attorney recommended that the appointment be delayed until later in the year,” said Daleville Mayor Jayme Stayton at the May 19 meeting. “What is the pleasure of the council?”

Councilwoman Jo Reese made the motion to reappoint McLin, a motion she has made at the April 30 and May 5 council meetings.

Councilman Alan Souders seconded the motion, as he has done at the two previous meetings.

The vote was, for the third consecutive council meeting, tied with Stayton, Reese and Souders voting for McLin and Council members Bobby Hardrick, Scott Moore and Horace voting against McLin.

Horace then made a motion to table the decision until the second council meeting in August. Hardrick seconded the motion which passed by majority. Reese cast the single dissenting vote.

In other business, Stayton gave the council an update on the new Dollar Tree that is expected to open in Daleville in July.

“If you go down old Highway 123 you see the work being done on the old grocery store,” Stayton said. “It’s been a long time coming,” he added. “They are totally re-gutting the inside, they will repaint the outside and have repaved the parking lot. It is going to be a great addition to the city of Daleville.”

In unrelated business, Stayton told the council that the request from the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce to use the Daleville Cultural and Convention Center for the annual farmers market has been withdrawn. The request to use the building on Thursdays from June 11 until July 31 had been tabled at the May 5 council meeting pending more detailed information.

The next meeting of the Daleville City Council is Tuesday, June 2, at s5:30 p.m. at the Daleville City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

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