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Kidd appointed to Pulaski Town Council

PULASKI — It wasn’t a unanimous decision, but H. M. Kidd has been selected by the Pulaski Town Council to become the town’s newest councilman.
After brief comments from each member, council voted 3-1 to award the seat to the third runner-up in May’s town election. Councilman Dave Clark was absent from the meeting due to a prior job commitment.
Most council members acknowledged having changed their minds several times since a July 29 interview of the six candidates for the seat. However, they went on to say that they feel Kidd is the citizens’ choice since he fell only 84 votes behind new Councilman Morgan Welker in May.
In making his decision, Joel Burchett Jr. cited the fact several citizens had presented a petition of about 300 names in support of Kidd.
Although he can only vote in the event of a tie, Worrell indicated he was impressed by two of the candidates, Radford University professor Michael Aamodt and Pulaski insurance agent Nick Glenn. But the mayor said he would have to “give the nod” to Glenn because of his experience, especially in the area of land use issues. Glenn is a former councilman and serves as chairman of the Pulaski Planning Commission.
Councilman Larry Clevinger II agreed with a comment Worrell made that all of the candidates were qualified to fill the position. He said put a lot of time into making his decision, which would be Aamodt or former downtown businessman Robert E. Wallace.
“In my mind, we could choose any of the candidates and be okay,” Burchett said. However, he said, he views the decision as a “bigger issue” than picking a councilman. “I think we should go with what the public wants.”
Burchett pointed out that Kidd and one other candidate, Glenn Baublitz Jr., “went through the process” of running for the town council in May.
“I don’t see where it hurts to go with Kidd,” Burchett added, citing the citizens’ petition. He noted that if Kidd doesn’t perform to the public’s liking voters can replace him in the next election.
Burchett added that citizens should be more cautious of petitions they sign if they aren’t satisfied with the choice of Kidd.
New Councilman Robert Bopp said he, too, changed his mind “a couple of times” since the interview process.
But he said he thinks Kidd showed “initiative and commitment” by running for council during the last election.
Welker said he thinks the fairest choice would be Kidd since he was the citizens’ next choice in the election, but it also is important to consider the best person for the town.
While Welker noted that Aamodt “looked good on paper,” the fact Aamodt wasn’t present at Tuesday night’s meeting “says something.”
During the interview process, Welker expressed concern that Aamodt might have too many commitments to be able to dedicate the time needed to be a councilman. At that time, Aamodt indicated he was ready to direct his commitments toward community involvement.
On Burchett’s motion to appoint Kidd, the Town Council voted 3-1 to appoint him. Clevinger cast the sole dissenting vote.

The only other candidate not mentioned Tuesday night was Marilyn Hitesman of Collins Drive.
Worrell encouraged the remaining candidates to consider running in the next town council election in May 2010.

Kidd appointed to Pulaski Town Council

PULASKI — It wasn’t a unanimous decision, but H. M. Kidd has been selected by the Pulaski Town Council to become the town’s newest councilman.
After brief comments from each member, council voted 3-1 to award the seat to the third runner-up in May’s town election. Councilman Dave Clark was absent from the meeting due to a prior job commitment.
Most council members acknowledged having changed their minds several times since a July 29 interview of the six candidates for the seat. However, they went on to say that they feel Kidd is the citizens’ choice since he fell only 84 votes behind new Councilman Morgan Welker in May.
In making his decision, Joel Burchett Jr. cited the fact several citizens had presented a petition of about 300 names in support of Kidd.
Although he can only vote in the event of a tie, Worrell indicated he was impressed by two of the candidates, Radford University professor Michael Aamodt and Pulaski insurance agent Nick Glenn. But the mayor said he would have to “give the nod” to Glenn because of his experience, especially in the area of land use issues. Glenn is a former councilman and serves as chairman of the Pulaski Planning Commission.
Councilman Larry Clevinger II agreed with a comment Worrell made that all of the candidates were qualified to fill the position. He said put a lot of time into making his decision, which would be Aamodt or former downtown businessman Robert E. Wallace.
“In my mind, we could choose any of the candidates and be okay,” Burchett said. However, he said, he views the decision as a “bigger issue” than picking a councilman. “I think we should go with what the public wants.”
Burchett pointed out that Kidd and one other candidate, Glenn Baublitz Jr., “went through the process” of running for the town council in May.
“I don’t see where it hurts to go with Kidd,” Burchett added, citing the citizens’ petition. He noted that if Kidd doesn’t perform to the public’s liking voters can replace him in the next election.
Burchett added that citizens should be more cautious of petitions they sign if they aren’t satisfied with the choice of Kidd.
New Councilman Robert Bopp said he, too, changed his mind “a couple of times” since the interview process.
But he said he thinks Kidd showed “initiative and commitment” by running for council during the last election.
Welker said he thinks the fairest choice would be Kidd since he was the citizens’ next choice in the election, but it also is important to consider the best person for the town.
While Welker noted that Aamodt “looked good on paper,” the fact Aamodt wasn’t present at Tuesday night’s meeting “says something.”
During the interview process, Welker expressed concern that Aamodt might have too many commitments to be able to dedicate the time needed to be a councilman. At that time, Aamodt indicated he was ready to direct his commitments toward community involvement.
On Burchett’s motion to appoint Kidd, the Town Council voted 3-1 to appoint him. Clevinger cast the sole dissenting vote.

The only other candidate not mentioned Tuesday night was Marilyn Hitesman of Collins Drive.
Worrell encouraged the remaining candidates to consider running in the next town council election in May 2010.