Incoming White Hall Mayor and Council take oath of office
By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal
In its last meeting before the new administration takes office, the outgoing White Hall Town Council approved the minutes of its Oct. 6 meeting and asked Lowndes County Probate Judge John E. Hulett to administer the oath of office to incoming Mayor Elect Elizabeth Davis and incoming elected council members Thursday night.
Mayor Pro Tem Eli Seaborn said outgoing White Hall Mayor James Walker sent word he was unable to attend Thursday night’s meeting.
After Davis, the oath of office was administered to new Seat 5 Council member Delmartre’ Bethel, and re elected council members, Seat 1, Ceodis Baker, Seat 2, Joyce Barnfield, Seat 3, Ruby Rudolph and Seat 4, Seaborn.
Davis previously served as mayor prior to the election of outgoing Mayor James Walker. And prior to winning election as mayor in August, Davis was appointed by the council to serve out the term of Council member Glenn Mallard, who resigned his seat.
Seaborn announced Thursday that the incoming mayor and council will hold an organizational meeting on Monday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. and said that the meeting will be posted as the council normally meets the first Thursday of each month.
Thursday night the council heard from Catherine Coleman Flowers of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise, who congratulated the incoming mayor council on taking their oath of office and announced a Lowndes County On-Site Wastewater Design Challenge to be held at the Jackson-Steele Community Center on Saturday.
The event is to search for technology solutions that will ensure equitable access to safe, affordable and adequate water and sanitation not only for low income rural communities and for rural communities at large.
She said from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, people from around the nation will see if they can design something that works in Lowndes County that would affordable to the average person and which could be used across the nation. And Sunday from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, she said, there will be discussion of technological solutions also at Jackson-Steele Community Center.
Davis thanked Hulett for his participation Thursday. She also thanked all the citizens of White Hall for their support.
Davis said, “I just want the people of White Hall to know that your mayor… after Monday I will be your mayor… (and) your council persons are going to work together. And we need, as Ms. Rudolph has said, our citizens to work with us so that we can move White Hall forward. Working together we can do that.”
Davis concluded, “So, we are going to stand and work together and get White Hall back on track.”
Refreshments were provided for those in attendance Thursday night by Council members Rudolph and Baker.
Taking the Oath
While they don’t take office until Monday, Nov. 7, the incoming elected White Hall Mayor and Council took the oath of office from Lowndes County Probate Judge John E. Hulett, Thursday night. Pictured from left are new Seat 5 Council member Delmartre’ Bethel, reelected Seat 1 Council member Ceodis Baker, Seat 2 Council member Joyce Barnfield, Mayor Elect Elizabeth Davis, reelected Seat 3 Council member Ruby Rudolph, Seat 4 Council member Eli Seaborn and Hulett. The council will hold an organizational meeting Monday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Fred Guarino/Lowndes Signal.