As a cost-saving measure, Oakwood City Council decided Monday night to hold a special election to replace former Councilman Ron McFarland at the same time as three regularly scheduled elections this year.
The council gave its first OK to a Nov. 3 election filling the four council seats, including one belonging to McFarland, who stepped down Thursday.
McFarland cited moving outside city limits as why he resigned, City Manager Stan Brown said.
He had served on the council since 1987, according to the city’s website.
McFarland’s successor will complete his term, which ends Dec. 31, 2017.
The other seats belong to Todd Wilson, Martha Collins and Montie Robinson. Their terms end Dec. 31.
Qualifying is set for Aug. 31-Sept. 2, and the fee is $216. The last day to register to vote in the election is Oct. 5.
Council members are elected at large to four-year terms.
“We could run two elections,” Brown told the council. “We just felt like it would be more of a streamlined operation if we ran (them) on the same schedule and same date.”
Mayor Lamar Scroggs agreed with Brown’s recommendation.
“I don’t see a point in doing it twice if we are within the confines of the law,” he said.
Brown did caution that three votes are still required by council to approve an item.
“That’s just a factor to keep in mind,” he said.
City Attorney Donnie Hunt said “if there was some reason some other member couldn’t attend for a long period of time, you can actually amend the ordinance and ... call the special election earlier.
“So, if something happened between now and July,” Hunt added, “you can amend this and call for it in July, if you need to add another member, because it was causing trouble with not having (enough members present to conduct business) and that sort of thing.”
The council will consider a final vote on the matter at a called meeting Jan. 26.