By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. That was the case with the Atmore City Council during the panel’s Monday, February 8, meeting.
Council members corrected a minor procedural error by “re-appointing” Charles Johnson to replace the late Robert White on the Atmore Board of Zoning Adjustments. The vote was 4-0, with District 3’s Eunice Johnson, wife of the appointee, abstaining.
The appointment was first voted on during the council’s January 11 meeting. At that session, the first-term councilwoman — not yet attuned to all the nuances of council membership – not only voted for the appointment, but also made the motion to do so.
District 2’s Jerome Webster made the motion this time, and the issue was revisited without comment from any council member or member of the audience of about a half-dozen.
In the only other business conducted during Monday’s meeting, the council voted unanimously to appoint Catherine Tims to take the place of Carol Crook, who is stepping down, on the Atmore Public Library board.
At the end of the meeting, local businessman Jerry Gehman, who chairs the Atmore Christian School Board of Directors, praised police for their quick response to a theft that occurred at the school this week (see story, this edition), and local businessman James McNeil thanked Police Chief Chuck Brooks for adding extra patrols in the wake of copper thefts from several local churches.