Another chapter in Anniston government comes to an end
by Laura Camper
lcamper@annistonstar.com
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In a somber final meeting, the outgoing Anniston City Council members said their goodbyes Tuesday, although one promised he would not go quietly into the night.

While the other councilmen used the final moments in their council seats to thank the public for allowing them to serve, Councilman Ben Little promised that he would continue his fight to contest the election and promised that he would be around to “bring about some heat.”

“I do think that there’s an extreme cloud hanging over this election,” Little said at the end of the meeting. “I don’t want to be a spoiler of the good times, but it just wouldn’t be me if I didn’t say what needs to be said.”

The comments were made in a relatively empty council chamber after the city employees presented Little, Councilman Herbert Palmore and Councilman Marcus Dunn with plaques acknowledging their service to the city.

Councilman Jay Jenkins, the only current council member who was re-elected to his seat, told the other councilmen it had been an honor to serve with them.

“You have taught me a lot about government and about life,” Jenkins said. “I respect each of you. We didn’t always agree. I think that’s what makes government good.”

Dunn, who joined the council as an appointment to finish former Councilman David Dawson’s term, thanked the staff and the other councilmen for the way they helped him adjust to the role.

“I learned so much,” Dunn said. “You had patience with me.”

The residents cleared out almost immediately after the meeting was adjourned. But a few people did make their way to the dais to shake the hands of the three outgoing councilmen.

“I feel relieved. I feel like I gave my best,” said Palmore after the meeting. “Everyone was cordial tonight, so we go off in a good mood.”

There was one noticeably empty seat at the meeting. Mayor Gene Robinson did not attend. He had said after the Oct. 16 meeting that he would not come to the final scheduled meeting. But Palmore, who as vice mayor presided over Tuesday’s meeting, announced as the meeting began that Robinson was ill.

Robinson could not be reached by phone after the meeting. But the message on his voicemail thanks the residents who elected and supported him during his time as mayor.

“But, it’s time for me to move on and that’s going to be down to the Western Auto store,” his voicemail says. “You’ll always be able to reach me.”

For their last business items, the council:

• Approved a resolution expressing support of 2nd Chance, a women’s shelter. The statement of support will be used by the organization for an application for a grant.

• Authorized the city to contribute $750 toward a Veterans Day ceremony at Centennial Memorial Park on Nov. 4.

• Approved plans for the development of the former Regions Bank building at 1031 Quintard Ave.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.
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