GS Council plans coffee, reception

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council on Tuesday, May 15, met briefly to canvass voting results from the May 5 election and members.

Three council members will be on hand Saturday, May 19 for Coffee with the Council at Crazy Gals Restaurant, 8037 West Ranch to Market Road 1431. At the informal mixer from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. will be mayor Carl Brugger, mayor pro tem Jim Davant and councilwoman Anita Hisey. Anyone who has questions about the city or wants to get to know council members is invited to attend.

The May 15 meeting set the stage for the May 22 meeting. It will begin at 5 p.m. with an informal reception to honor out-going city council members Shirley King, Tom Dillard and Mark Morren. The gathering also will be a farewell to city attorney Brad Young, who will be leaving the Austin area for Little Rock, Arkansas, next month, and hello to his proposed successor from the firm of Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP, Joshua Katz.

Light refreshments and lemonade will be served and everyone is invited,” said city secretary Elaine Simpson.

Later, at the formal 6 p.m. meeting, three new council members will take the oath of office—Bruce Jones in Place 2, Terry Scott in Place 4 and Will Skinner in Place 6.

The election results reported by Burnet County Elections Supervisor Doug Ferguson did not change the unofficial results reported on the evening of May 5, although one provisional vote not recorded then was included.

It is interesting to note that close to 15 percent (252 voters of 2,283 or 14.77 percent) of our registered voters voted in this election,” said Brugger. “That is pretty good, sice we have seen just six to eight percent turn out sometimes.”

The final results show:

For Place 2, Jones received 208 votes (59.26 percent) and King received 143 votes (40.74 percent). One of the 352 voters selected neither candidate.

For Place 4, Scott received 235 votes (68.91 percent) and Ryan Wolters received 206 votes (31.09 percent). Of the 352 voters, 11 voted for neither.

For Place 6, Will Skinner was unopposed. He received 284 votes, or 80.68 percent, with 68 voters (19.32 percent) electing not to cast a vote for him.

Almost half of the voters took advantage of early voting, with just a few more favoring the winning candidates, rather than ultimate loser, in advance. Most of those finally not choosing a candidate at all were still undecided on election day.

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