Berlin issues Certificates of Election to unopposed candidates

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Left to right are Councilman Donald Gunter (Place 1), Councilman Don Bates (Place 4), Mayor Patrick Bates, Councilman Jimbo Quick (Place 2) and Councilman Bud Reed (Place 5), who announced his resignation Monday night. Councilman Bruce Bentley (Place 3) is not pictured. (Heather Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

BERLIN, Ala. – Berlin’s town government will look largely unchanged following the end of the qualification period for the Aug. 25, 2020 Municipal Election. At a special-called meeting Monday night, Councilman Donald Gunter (Place 1), Councilman Don Bates (Place 4), Mayor Patrick Bates, Councilman Jimbo Quick (Place 2) and Councilman Bruce Bentley (Place 3) were issued Certificates of Election.

Councilman Bud Reed (Place 5) did not seek re-election and announced his resignation Monday night. Keith Hardman did qualify for Place 5; however, his term will not begin until November. Bates said Place 5 will be considered vacant at this time until the council decides how to fill it at its next regular meeting.

In other business, the council voted:

  • to create a separate bank account for the farmers’ market for the purpose of SNAP payments and growers’ fees
  • to decrease daily and seasonal fees for the market to encourage growers to participate. Seasonal fees will be $100 and daily fees will be $10.
  • to contract with Wisner Solutions to clean both the town hall and community center every two weeks
  • to install street lights at the intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and County Road 728

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