Hartselle City Council down another member

News Hartselle City Council would be down another member spread Fri., Aug. 5 as current Place 3 holder Mike Roberson and his family move to Decatur.

“We’re moving because we’re downsizing,” said Roberson. “You have to live in Hartselle city limits to be on Council, and since we’ll be in Decatur, I couldn’t stay on Council.”

Roberson’s decision to step down means Hartselle has lost two city leaders in a month. Tom Chappell announced his resignation from the council July 20 after he took the job of Hartselle’s Parks and Recreation Director. With only three council members left, current Council President Kenny Thompson said they would have a problem.

“If there are only three council members and one of them couldn’t be at a meeting, we couldn’t have the meeting with just two people,” said Thompson. Thompson did mention a solution, though.

“We might go ahead and put Dwight Tankersley back on council,” said Thompson. “He is a former mayor and knows what’s going on in the city.”

Tankersley was elected as mayor in the 2004 and 2012 elections

“Kenny mentioned something about them putting me on council before elections last night,” Tankersley said. “But I haven’t talked to the other council members about it, so I don’t really know what exactly is going to happen.” Tankersley and Thompson were both in the political forum hosted by Hartselle’s Chamber of Commerce at Hartselle High School Thursday night. Both candidates were unopposed for their seats on Council going into the election on Aug. 23.

“I think this would be a good thing,” said Tankersley. “I’m ready to serve the citizens of Hartselle again. I’m happy to do so.”

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