Mayor: 2 seats open on Libertyville Town Council

Published 12:03 am Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Libertyville town council is looking for a few good men or women – two, as a matter of fact, said Mayor Byron Dozier Wednesday.

Dozier said the council has two vacant seats, and the town hasn’t had an election since he was appointed as mayor in 2005.

One seat, which was held by the late Glinda Elmore Beasley, has been vacant since her death in December 2011; however, neither Dozier, nor Town Clerk Marilyn Walker, could remember an exact date when the other seat was vacated.

Currently, there are two sitting members – L.D. Spivey and Angie Atchison – making it a four-person council, Dozier said.

“I don’t want to see Libertyville fade away,” Dozier said. “We used to vote by districts, but I don’t think there’s enough people to do that now. It doesn’t seem like anyone is interested anymore.

“When I took office when Doc Ballard died, we had a good thing going for a while,” he said. “We had a nice town hall, a new fire department. Soon after, we got a $325,000 grant for low-income families to do heating and cooling and storm windows. I worked hard for that, and was proud of it.

“There’s so much more that we’d like to do for the town, but we don’t have the people to vote to do it,” he said.

Dozier said he’d eventually like to see the town limits expanded to Maddox Road through annexation.

“But we’ve got to have people willing to serve to get it done,” he said.

According to the Alabama League of Municipalities, the town council serves as the legislative branch of government, only acting as a body at a legally convened meeting. The council has authority over the finances and property of the municipality. The council establishes policies, passes ordinances, sets tax levels, determines what sorts of services the municipality will offer and has authority over all other legislative aspects of municipal government.

In the event a vacancy is not filled within 60 days after it occurs, each existing council member, including the mayor, may submit a name to the governor for appointment. If the governor fails to make an appointment from any submitted names within 90 days after the vacancy occurs, the judge of probate must call a special election to fill the vacancy.

In Libertyville, meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for March 12.

Residents interested in serving on the town council are asked to contact Dozier at 334-222-2996.