by Emily Waldrep
The city of Ivanhoe held its election for city council chairs on November 5 in order to re-elect and elect new city council members. Each city council member sits on the council for two years, and after that time period can opt for re-election.
Tommy Morris, Mark Elliot and Joe McIntyre had all completed their two year terms at the time of election. Morris and Elliot were seeking re-election and McIntyre did not seek re-election.
Tommy Morris was re-elected with 195 votes, along with two new council members, Rowland Priddy with 207 votes and Jim Gromillion with 207 votes. Mark Elliot was not re-elected.
After the election, David Baier and Tom Welch, who had served a one-year term on the council, submitted their official resignations to the city. No comment was made on the reasons for the resignations; Baier and Welch only notified that they would be resigning immediately. According to state law, both men have eight days to withdraw their resignations.
There has been some division on the council between members who support the new city council building location and situation and others who are supportive of the previous city hall location.
According to the local government code, if more than two members of city council submit resignations or are absent, an emergency election would have to be held by the state on May 10 and could cost the city a large amount of money. The only way around the emergency election would be for the city to petition the government to hold another election.
The council will meet Wednesday at 5 p.m. to canvas the votes, and positions will be sworn in immediately following.
At the time of publication, David Baier and Tom Welch had officially withdrawn their resignation. No comment was made as to why the resignations were withdrawn.
"I just withdrew it; let's leave it at that," Baier said.