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City commissioner resigns

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Applications being taken for replacement

By Lou Elliott Jones

Commissioner Dave Feigin, elected in May 2011, has resigned and the city commission is taking applications.

Word of Feigin's resignation started getting out at about noon, according to one person who was contacted about the vacancy, but it was not officially announced until the commission's regular meeting on Tuesday evening.

In a telephone interview from his business Island Pizzeria, Feigin said he resigned because he could not hire employees to cover his business and maintain its quality so he would be able to devote time to the city's business. “I cannot dedicate myself to the job and make a living at my business,” he said.

Former Mayor Heath Davis was contacted about possibly coming back to the commission, but he reportedly turned down the job. He left the post in May following the city election that saw Scott Dennison returned to the commission. Others on the commission are Mayor Gene Hodges and Commissioners Dale Register and Sue Colson.

Feigin's resignation comes just 14 days shy of the requirement under city charter that a special election be held in conjunction with the Nov. 6 general election.

According to the Municipal Charter, Article 2, Section 6, Part B: If a vacancy occurs in the city commission from any cause 90 days or more prior to a general election, the vacancy may be filled by the city commission appointing a qualified person to fill such vacancy until the following general election which follows said vacancy. In case of a vacancy, such appointment shall be only until the next general election of the city and the election shall be for the unexpired term.

The Nov. 6 election is just 76 days away.

Anyone appointed to the position would serve until the next general election which, according to the charter, can be scheduled by the commission between the first Tuesday in May and the last Tuesday in June.

The requirements for a commissioner, according to the charter, include:

• must be a qualified voter who is a resident of the city for at least six months prior to the date the person qualifies to run for office, and

• shall continuously reside within the city during their terms of office.

Applicants interested in the position can contact City Hall at 543-5132.