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In a 4-1 vote, the council voted for the mayor and vice mayor
positions to return to two-year positions.
In November 2009, the council voted to make the mayor position
only one-year long, but made an exception for then-Mayor Randy
Shelton, because he was in the middle of his term.
Shelton said when Mayor Barbara Payne and Vice Mayor Marylou
Powers were elected, it was for a one-year term, and Powers should
not be leading the effort to change the number of years.
Shelton said if they want to change the term length, they should
finish out the current term before making any changes.
"As you can tell by the tone of my voice, it sits wrong with me.
Leave it the way it is," Shelton said.
After the vote, Shelton said he was disappointed in the
Powers argued that it would actually not be a change because
Shelton was allowed to keep his two-year term when they made the
change in 2009, so there has not been a one-year term mayor
"You can't have your cake and eat it too," she said to
Resident Gene Davenport asked the council to wait to make the
decision until the public has more time to discuss whether the
council wants a one or two-year mayor. He said it felt like the
council was shoving the decision down the people's throats.
"I think it's wrong to make these decisions, especially when you
are newly elected," Davenport said.
In response to Davenport, Powers said: "It was shoved down our
— News-Sentinel staff
Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:00 am
"Wow, we've learned a lot about bottles." Galt Mayor Barbara
Payne was surprised at the education she received during the
council's discussion on whether to switch from tap to bottled water
All five City Council members and city staff had bottles of
off-brand water in front of them. Councilman Mark Crews said he
privately purchased the bottles and placed them in the council
chamber before the meeting.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:00 am.