Silverhill to fill vacant council seat

Steve Williams resigns after League determines he cannot serve on council and as town building inspector

By John Underwood / john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 3/15/17

SILVERHILL, Alabama — After it was determined that there was a conflict with his serving as the town’s building inspector, Steve Williams has resigned from his seat on the Silverhill Town …

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Silverhill to fill vacant council seat

Steve Williams resigns after League determines he cannot serve on council and as town building inspector

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SILVERHILL, Alabama — After it was determined that there was a conflict with his serving as the town’s building inspector, Steve Williams has resigned from his seat on the Silverhill Town Council.

The announcement was made during the town council meeting March 6.

After serving the town for more than a decade as its Superintendent of Utilities, Williams resigned about a year ago to take a similar job in Mobile County. He was later appointed to be the town’s building inspector.

In August, he defeated Alan Norden 143 to 57 for the Place 2 seat, which was vacated by Mike Allegri. Norden’s wife, Tonie, was elected unopposed to fill the Place 1 seat.

“When he chose to run for the council seat, we called the League of Municipalities and did not think there would be a conflict,” said Silverhill Mayor Tim Wilson during the meeting.

After further questions were raised, Wilson said, they again contacted the League and it was determined there was in fact a conflict with Williams serving in both capacities.

The town council will appoint a successor as early as the next council meeting March 20, Wilson said, to fill the remainder of the term, which will be up for election again in 2020.

In other business March 6, Stan Joy, the town’s Planning & Zoning Commission chairman, again addressed concerns with the council about a business in town that does not comply with the town’s zoning ordinance where the business is located.

“We’ve bent over backwards to figure out a way to allow them to continue to operate,” Joy said, “but the fact is that they are not in compliance with the ordinance as it now stands.”

Under the terms of the ordinance it is allowed for the business to operate a towing service in the area, but it is not allowed for the business to store vehicles, a stipulation that was originally allowed, but was later stricken from the ordinance, officials said.

“The only thing we can do at this point is to grant them a variance,” Joy said, which would have to be done by the town’s Zoning Board of Adjustments.

At a previous meeting, town officials said they would be willing to work with the business owner in whatever capacity they could.