Herbert appointed to vacant Montevallo Council seat

By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO – The Montevallo City Council has appointed Arthur Herbert to fill the council’s District 5 seat Matt Walker vacated in early May.

Following Walker’s resignation in the May 13 council meeting, the council accepted resumes from qualified voters in the city’s fifth district to review before the next regular meeting on May 28, when the council was set to vote on a replacement for Walker.

Arthur Herbert was appointed to fill the Montevallo City Council District 5 seat vacated by Matt Walker last month. (Contributed)

Council members differed in their opinions of which of the two applicants for the position, Herbert and Bill Glosson, should be appointed.

Councilman Rusty Nix nominated Glosson, who ran against Walker and lost in the 2016 election.

“He has attended most council meetings since the election, and I feel like he could step right in and wouldn’t miss a beat,” Nix said of Glosson. “I think he would be a great asset.”

Councilman Jason Peterson nominated Arthur, noting his work in the city’s bike share program, ValloCycle.

Mayor Hollie Cost called Herbert and Glosson “incredibly qualified,” and added, “This is a good problem to have, because we do have two incredible individuals. Thank you both for your interest in this.”

Resident Nancy Wilstach spoke in favor of Glosson during citizen participation, and suggested the council not appoint another person employed by the University of Montevallo.

Councilman Willie Goldsmith seconded the motion for Glosson’s appointment. He and Nix voted in favor of Glosson, while Cost, Peterson and Councilwoman Tiffany Bunt were opposed.

Bunt seconded the motion for Herbert’s appointment. She, Cost and Peterson voted in favor of Herbert, while Nix opposed and Goldsmith abstained.

“I find it strange that three university employees voted to get Arthur in,” Nix said.

Cost said Herbert’s wife is a university employee, but Herbert is not.

“There is no subversive tactic that we’re trying to do something dishonest,” Cost said.

Herbert will be sworn in at the next council meeting to finish the remainder of Walker’s term, which ends in November 2020.

Walker resigned from the council after accepting a position with the University of Memphis as director of foundation relations.

By resigning, he also vacated his place as chairman of Montevallo’s Finance Committee, which Cost asked Peterson to fill, leaving the Sustainability chair open for another council member to fill.

In other business, the council:

  • Heard from Kirk Lightfoot, chairman of the Montevallo Main Street Design Committee, about a project to place patriotic banners honoring local veterans around town.
  • Authorized a bid of garbage collection services effective October 2019.
  • Approved for the mayor to submit a National Day of Service Grant Application to create a dog park at Shoal Creek Park to honor and possibly memorialize all service dogs used by first responders and military personnel.
  • Approved a request from the Parnell Memorial Library to declare surplus and dispose of a large CD tower.
  • Approved to place and relocate park signs per council members’ recommendations.
  • Appointed John Simmer to the Housing Authority Board effective June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2024.
  • Appointed Hunter Watson to the ValloCycle Board.
  • Approved in a 4-1 vote the mayor’s nomination of Justin Lutz to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission.