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November 8, 2012

Eskew starts role as Garden City mayor

GARDEN CITY — It’s been an overwhelming last few weeks for Tim Eskew, but the new mayor of Garden City admits he’s finally starting to get a grasp on things.

With a packed house on hand, Eskew officially took office Monday night, as he and council members were sworn in by town clerk Pam Leslie.

“I’m enthused to see the outcome of all the people who came to welcome the new council,” Eskew said.

Eskew defeated longtime mayor of Garden City, Harden Davis, who served in the position for 10 years, during the October runoff elections. New council members include Butch Bradford and Gene Norman.

During the organizational meeting, council members voted to name Paula Kretzschmar as council president. In addition, Leslie was appointed to remain town clerk and town treasurer, as well as an authorized signer on checking and certificates of deposit accounts with Cullman Savings Bank, Peoples Bank, and Merchants Bank of Alabama. Eskew and council member Scott Arnold were also appointed as authorized signers of the accounts.

Adding to his list of duties, Eskew will also serve as the utility superintendent of the Garden City water system, and serve on the Board of Directors with the Cullman-Jefferson County Gas.

“I’m looking forward to getting started,” Eskew said. “We’re going to continue to push forward with our water lines. If all goes well, we should be able to begin work around the first of December.”

Council members voted to continue to meet on the third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at town hall.

Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com

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