The three candidates for the position were former Commissioners Tony Whitener, newcomer Frankie McCartney, and Anderson, who is reapplying for his former post.
City Commissioner Donna McDermott made a motion to approve McCartney for the commissioner’s position.
She said the local post office worker has made an effort to be involved in the community. McCartney has attended local events and has also sat in attendance at several of the City Commission meetings.
“I feel like he is young, vibrant and I have other ideas I would like to see come to pass,” McDermott said. “I think his youthfulness will bring some of these things to pass.”
Goode seconded the motion to approve McCartney for the vacated commissioner’s spot.
“[McCartney] has been pretty well-involved in coming to the city meetings and some of the events we do,” Goode said. “He seems to be an even-minded person and maybe we do need a new voice.”
Both Whitener and Anderson are former commissioners who resigned before the end of their terms. Goode said the other candidates and general public will have another opportunity to run for the position in the 2016 commissioner election.
According to Police Chief Hank Hayden, Melvin Graham, head of the street department, responded well to the recent onslaught of rain. Barricades, tape and barrels were placed to warn people away from flooded areas.
He said there was only one major incident. Two cars pulled up to the barricade, waded through the flooded area with small children and climbed up on the boat dock.
“That water was going a high rate down through there,” Hayden said. “When I found [them] I explained [the dangers of such actions by anyone other than trained rescue personnel].”
He explained to the adults several children and their father were recently lost in Polk County after having tried to traverse a flooded creek.
“I told them they needed to leave, and that is what they did,” Hayden said of the incident.
Goode reported the cleanup day held in June was a success. He said a lot of people from outside of Charleston showed up to lend a hand. While there was not much trash to pick up, the volunteers were able to clean out several ditches.
In other news:
- The Commission passed a .4392 certified tax rate.
- The next Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society meeting will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at the Heritage Center.
- The Commission warned people caught cutting the chains on the city park’s picnic tables would have action taken against them.