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Council deals with boards, McCants

By By Connie Nowlin Managing editor
Atmore City Council held its regular meeting Monday even though Mayor Howard Shell was out of the country on an industrial recruiting tour.
In the brief session, the council appointed William Grissat as a new member of the planning board. He filled in the unexpired term of Mike Johns, who moved outside the city limits and may no longer serve on the board, because residency is a requirement for board members.
There are seven members on the board, as well as the mayor and a representative of the building inspectors office. The members serve a four year term, staggered among the appointees.
The board also re-named the current members as nominees to the board of
equalization.
They are Don Davis, Cleve Roberson and Mike Sasser, who agreed to be renominated and served if selected.
In other business, council rejected without discussion the third request for permission to sell beer from McCants Grocery #2 and approved the request of Thurl Pearson, a local pastor to hold a hayride near his church.
Julia Gibbs, who owns a restaurant on U.S. 31on the east side of town, asked if there were a way the minutes of the most recent city council meeting as well as the agenda for the upcoming city council meeting could be published in local papers.
Councilman John Watkins, who was presiding in the absence of Shell, said, "I don't see any reason why not. After all, this is your city. We are just the caretakers."
Watkins and other council members seemed to support the idea as a way in which to get residents more involved.