City of Margaret
February 7, 2023
In attendance: Councilman James Chapman, Councilman Darius Crump, Councilman Jonathan Ray, Councilman Matthew Tortorice, Mayor Pro-Tem Daryl McIntyre
Mayor seat is vacant Mr. Barker
Pledge of Alliance Meeting called to order Discussion
Councilman Darius Crump made the Motion to approve the Council Meeting minutes from 12-20-2022. Motion was seconded by Councilman James Chapman. Motion passed unanimously.
Councilman Matthew Tortorice made the Motion to adopt the employee’s handbook as written. The Motion was seconded by Councilman Jonathan Ray. Motion denied due to lack of majority.
Councilman Matthew Tortorice made the Motion to table the community garden Eagle Scout Project indefinitely. Councilman James Chapman seconded the Motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Councilman James Chapman made the Motion to table the discussion on the Pendley plat change until the next council meeting. The Motion was seconded by Councilman Darius Crump. Motion passed unanimously.
The Council discussed the mayor seat vacancy. The appointment of the mayor’s seat is now in the hands of Governor Kay Ivey. City Attorney Esrkine Funderburg suggested that each council member draft a letter appointing someone to be appointed to the mayor’s seat. The letter will be sealed and turned in to the City Clerk. The city clerk will forward the letters to Erskine. The City Council was in agreement for the City Attorney Erskine Funderburg to draft a letter concerning the need of Governor Ivey to make an appointment for the mayor’s seat for the City of Margaret.
Councilman Matthew Tortorice addressed the City Council for approximately 24 mins with exhibits/ power point focusing on various topics.
Councilman Matthew Tortorice brought up a motion to stream council meetings. Erskine Funderburg inserted that changes of a permanent nature must be discussed for two consecutive meetings.
Councilman Matthew Tortorice brought up a motion for the council to get financial reports at council meetings. Erskine Funderburg inserted again that changes of a permanent nature must be discussed for two consecutive meetings.
Councilman Matthew Tortorice brought up a motion to perform forensic audits of the city’s financials, court, and utilities for at least two years.
Councilman Jonathan Ray addressed the Council about various issues. Details need to be added here by Councilman Ray.
Citizen Carrie Macon brought up concerns about the residency of Councilman Darius Crump. Mayor Pro-Tem had her and another citizen removed from the meeting.
Citizen Randall Ragland made a claim that he heard that a councilman used an inflammatory word. Mayor Pro-Tem coached him to address Councilman Ray, who denied the claim. The citizen then threatened Councilman Ray unchallenged.
Councilman James Chapman Darius Crump made a Motion to adjourn. The Motion was seconded by Councilman James Chapman. Motion passed by majority rules. Councilman Jonathan Ray and Councilman Matthew Tortorice remained seated.
Meeting adjourned at 7:03 PM.