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The Carthage Press
  • McCoy wins seat with one vote

  • He only got one vote, and it was his own vote to boot, but it was enough to win Paul McCoy a Ward 2 seat on the Carthage City Council for the next two years.
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  • He only got one vote, and it was his own vote to boot, but it was enough to win Paul McCoy a Ward 2 seat on the Carthage City Council for the next two years.
    Carthage City Clerk Lynn Campbell announced on Monday that McCoy was the only person out of five who received one write-in vote each in Carthage Ward 2 in the April 8 election who was willing to serve on the Carthage City Council.
    When contacted by the city, the other four people declined to serve, Campbell said, meaning there was no need to have a drawing to see who would take the two-year term.
    McCoy will replace Donald McLaughlin who did not run for reelection.
    The Council will swear in all the people elected on April 8, including Mayor Mike Harris, who ran unopposed for a second four-year term, and Council members Kirby Newport, who will serve from Ward 1; Brady Beckham, who will serve in Ward ; Lee Carlson from Ward 4 and Jason T.A. Shelfer, who will serve in Ward 5.
    Campbell said the Mayor will announce and the new Council will consider new committee liaison assignments at Tuesday's regular meeting of the Council.
    The Council will also hold a reception honoring McLaughlin for his service and welcoming McCoy to the his seat.
    McCoy told The Carthage Press last week that he wrote his own name in, mostly in jest, but that he would be willing to serve if called.
    In other business, the Council will hear on first reading a measure that would put on the ballot in August a waste-water treatment bond issue that would allow Carthage Water & Electric Plant to borrow $7.3 million to renovate and update the waste-water treatment plant.
    In February, CW&EP General Manager Bob Williams said project will help the utility meet coming federal EPA requirements that will reduce the amount of ammonia allowed in the water flowing from the treatment plant. It will also allow them to move a maintenance building out of a flood-prone area to higher ground.
    Williams said fthe project will not require a rate hike because CW&EP will finish paying off financing received in 1996 to build the two big watertowers on the north and south side of town, rebuild the existing waste water plant and drill a new well. He said that money will be used to pay the new bonds, if voters approve.
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