To the Advertiser-Gleam:

My opinion regarding the Guntersville City Council comes from a firsthand view of he workings of it; I attend the meetings. Also, I study the Code that gives the Council the authority to do the business of the city. 

11-43-56 Alabama Code: Except as otherwise provided in this title, the Council shall have the management and control of the finances and all of the property, real and personal, belonging to the city or town. This is the law that gives authority to the Council, not the mayor, not the clerk, and not the elite of the city. 

The mayoral candidates ran on the need for transparency. Why? Because we have not, in the past, had complete transparency. A recent example: property at Buck Island was to be annexed but the Council never held a hearing as required. It was brought up and passed immediately by the "yes men."

Until the new councilmen came into office, I never witnessed but one "no" vote in several years and that was because constituents were there to protest. 

The new guys may be first term, but they have the spine that is required to get the job done for the citizens of the city. 

Joel Kennamer

Guntersville, Ala.

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