Colony Councilman Ashford resigns, council replaces Carwell

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Mayor Curtis Johnson (left) listens as Councilman Sam Ashford presents his resignation at Tuesday’s meeting. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

COLONY, Ala. – Changes were the order of the day in Colony on Tuesday as the town council received the resignation of Councilman Sam Ashford and voted in a replacement for recently resigned Councilman Eric Carwell. Additionally, the council chose to change its meeting times while keeping the same days. 

Ashford offered no reason for his resignation, saying only that he made the decision with “sincere regret” and added, “It has been a pleasure having worked for the town.” 

Ashford is the second Colony council member to resign in recent days, as Councilman Eric Carwell submitted his resignation at the council meeting on May 11. 

The council voted Tuesday to add Michael Johnson to the council to fill Carwell’s seat. Johnson spoke to the council during the public comment portion of the meeting about his concern over recent purchases of land around Colony. He expressed worry that people from outside the town may be making the purchases for hunting land and other purposes, and encouraged Colony’s residents who consider selling land to sell to buyers who “have the community at heart.” 

Meeting times changed 

The council also voted to change the times of its work sessions and meetings. While meetings will continue on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, work sessions will begin at 5:40 p.m. and meetings will begin at 6 p.m. 

The Colony Town Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Colony Town Hall. The public is invited to attend. 

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