For two weeks now, the Scottsboro City Council has failed to appoint a new member.
This Monday the council gets one last shot. If it fails again, it goes to Gov. Kay Ivey, who can choose to make the appointment. If she fails to do so, a special election will be called.
As it stands now, following Monday’s meeting, the council is unlikely to reach a compromise. For the city of Scottsboro and its citizens, that is unacceptable.
For the sake of this city, the council needs to come together, make a compromise and pick a new council member Monday night.
It’s not a foreign concept. The council has done it before, in previous years. It can be done. And let’s face it, Gov. Ivey has other things, far more important to her, than picking a new Scottsboro City Council member.
A special election will cost money. Council members are elected to make the tough decisions. Now is the time to make one of those decisions.
This past Monday the council went through three rounds of nominations at a standstill. On the fourth round, council president Tony Wallingsford said, “even though it’s a waste of time, I’ll open nominations once again.”
Wallingsford was right. It was a waste of time, almost circus-like.
The council gets one more chance to make it right. It’s time to come to a compromise. It’s time to keep from making the city a laughingstock.