Belington City Councilman resigns

After not attending a Belington City Council meeting all year, a councilman tendered his resignation Thursday.

Ward IV Councilman Tom Yocum responded to a certified letter from City Council asking his intentions.

Yocum’s letter, which was read during Thursday’s meeting, said, “I am hereby resigning my council seat. My resignation is due to a lot of issues. Some are personal and others are better off left unsaid. I wish you and the council the very best.”

Council members voted unanimously to accept Yocum’s resignation, which now requires them to vote to fill the position at the next regular meeting, slated for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15.

“Residents interested in being considered for the open council position in Ward IV have two options,” Belington Mayor Bobby King said. “They can drop in Belington City Hall before the meeting and put in their name, or they may come to the Aug. 15 meeting and put their name in that night.”

Council members also took the following action during Thursday’s meeting:

– Voted to approve a payment for $422,104.68 for bills related to the wastewater project. Nettie Harper, representative from the Rural Community Assistance Program, said the project is approximately 81 to 86 percent completed.

– Voted to reject a bid on the Crown Victoria owned by the Belington Police Department because it did not reach the reserve amount.

– Voted to purchase a Quick Books program for the Belington City Hall workers. Currently, the program used by the workers is DOS-based.

King reminded council members the Zoning Board of Appeals is slated to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.

“This meeting is regarding the cell tower issue,” King said.

Office manager Susan Bradley said the building inspector, mayor and council members should attend.

“I know several people are waiting with bated breath for this,” Councilman Max Grove said.

The next regular meeting for the Belington City Council is slated for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15.