The special election scheduled for Tuesday, June 25 to fill the vacant at-large seat on Smyrna Town Council has been cancelled.
Council planned to certify the list of candidates at Monday's meeting; however, at-large candidate and former councilman Anthony DeFeo withdrew from the race leaving Andrea C. Rodriguez as the sole candidate.
Town Manager Dave Hugg read aloud Monday night a letter written by DeFeo. In the letter, DeFeo explained that he was withdrawing from the election due to increased professional responsibilities stating that he no longer believed he could dedicate the time and energy expected for the seat.
Since Rodriguez is the sole candidate left for the seat, Hugg said the ordinance states the special election is no longer needed and can be cancelled.
Rodriguez will be sworn in at the Monday, June 17 council meeting. The at-large seat is for a one-year term left vacant as a result of Joanna Masten defeating DeFeo in the mayoral race in the April 30 election; Masten had one year left on a three-year term.
Rodriguez also ran in the April 30 election for the open at-large seat won by John Embert.
"I'm excited and challenged," Rodriguez said after the meeting. "I'm ready to get to work."
Paving project approved
Council unanimously approved the bid for the 2013 Road Restoration Project. The funds will be used to improve streets in the Glenwood neighborhood.
Councilmen Bob Johnson and Jeff Flairty weren't at the meeting to vote.
Hugg said there were eight bids for the project, but one company was disqualified. The low bid, which council approved, was American Infrastructure with a project total of roughly $290,000. The four streets included in the paving project are North High Street, Greens Branch Lane, School Lane and Paul Drive. Hugg said more roads in Glenwood could be done this summer depending on how much money the town gets in Municipal Street Aid from the state in July. Hugg also said he'll wait on actually awarding the bid until it is determined if the town can add more streets into the project. Once work begins, Hugg expects the project to be complete in about a month.
There will be some disruption to the residents in the neighborhood because of the project, but residents will be informed a head of time.
Waiver approved for Ambulance 64
Council unanimously approved a waiver of the water bill for the new American Legion Ambulance facility on Smyrna/Clayton Boulevard. Hugg said this is something the town has done before for the Ambulance 64's previous station – and for the fire department – because they offer a public service for the town.
Hugg did suggest for the future looking into doing the waiver in the form of a grant so the town isn't tinkering with utility bills.
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