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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Council member resigns

  • The field of candidates applying for office in the Ward 4 recall election on Feb. 14 is smaller following the resignation of Councilman Steven Handcock during the council meeting Monday night.


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  • The field of candidates applying for office in the Ward 4 recall election on Feb. 14 is smaller following the resignation of Councilman Steven Handcock during the council meeting Monday night.
     
    Handcock and Mayor Richard Bray were named on petitions turned in for the recall election. Handcock elected not to take part in the recall election after recently becoming engaged.
     
    “I am getting married and moving to Dickson,” Handcock said. “That is the main reason. I proposed to my girlfriend a couple of weeks ago and will move.
     
    “I enjoyed working with all the employees in Healdton.
     
    “I think the world of them. Like many employees, they are underrated until they are desperately needed. From everyone down, I enjoyed working with them and I enjoyed working with a lot of the councilmen too. I enjoyed serving my city and I would I think I did some good. If I weren’t moving, I would stay on. I can look in the mirror and have no doubt I did everything right for the city. I have no regrets.”
     
    Handcock served on the council for close to two years. The filing period will end today and former Councilman Herb Collier is the only candidate who has filed for the now-open seat. Ward 3 will be contested as Bray has drawn former Councilman Rick Pender as an opponent. Pender circulated the petitions for the recall election.
    During the meeting Monday night, the council elected to keep the cable system operating for 120 more days on a trial basis and study ways to make it financially viable.
     
    “We are going to really look at the system under a microscope,” Louis Smitherman, city manager, said. “We are going to take a hard look at everything and we are going to promote the basic cable and what the system has to offer. It will be important to look at every dollar which has been allocated for the system and see it is spent wisely. We are going to scrutinize everything.”
     
    Smitherman said the city would also look at what equipment is needed to run the system properly and the best way to obtain it. The city will also look to upgrade the services the system offers, such as offering DVR units to customers.
     
    A rate increase for sewer and cable was also discussed during the meeting and tabled. Smitherman proposed a $5 increase for both utilities, but the council will look at possible raises in increments. Smitherman said a loan the city has in its name calls for rate increases.
     
    “They had some criteria to pay notes which have been taken out and I brought it to the council and need approval since it has not been raised in two years. At one point, they were talking about a $10 increase but we are being considerate of our fixed-income residents. We are in hopes the economy will pick up this following fiscal year and we will be able to generate a little more income in sales tax. Then we will be able to bank some money for the note, which will mature in 2057.”

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