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Taylor Moves Forward with White Sulphur Springs City Council

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (WVVA) - City Hall echoed with the sound of the gavel, as Thomas Taylor called his first council meeting back as Mayor to order. While it was the first time using the gavel in a little over four months, its use was required more than once during the Tuesday night meeting.

City Council was greeted by more than 50 residents. Not All Council members were in attendance to the impromptu meeting. Council Person Lynn Swann had prior commitments working with the Greenbrier East Lady Basketball game and the pink-out awareness fundraiser.

Council Person G. P. Parker was unable to attend due to an illness in the family.

One more City Council member was missing. As Taylor reclaimed his seat at Mayor of White Sulphur, the man who was appointed Mayor in the interim stepped down.

Taylor stated that Lloyd Haynes informed him earlier this week that he would be resigning.

"I hate to lose Mr. Haynes, he has done an excellent job. He was always fair and open and honest on city council. Its people like Mr. Haynes that this municipality needs. He was a strong voice and a good leader," Taylor said.

Haynes resignation will be voted upon during the next regularly scheduled council meeting which will be next week.

Although there were several minutes of debate and discussion about the terms of Taylor's reinstatement, including current ethics charges brought against Taylor, the 21-year-old mayor allowed time for residents to speak.

Everyone who signed up was allowed to address the council.

Charles Fuery, a member of the White Sulphur Springs Committee to Protect the vote started out with congratulations to accepting Mayor Taylor back. His tone swiftly changed soon after.

"I would just like to inform you tonight that this has been a disgrace to our city."

Many applauded Taylor's return. One man, however, questioned Taylor's decision to relieve Chief of Police James Hylton.

Jim Craft, a resident in White Sulphur, spoke on Hyltons good character.

" Here is a man without a job, and a family to feed. I do not know of any of his abuse of powers," Craft said.

While off to a rough start, the meeting concluded with an overwhelming support in moving forward.

"We need to quit beating dead horse," Bruce Bowling, a councilperson said.

 The city council voted not to file a motion to stay the judge's ruling reinstating Taylor as Mayor.

The motion to appeal Judge Joseph C. Pomponio's Court Decision to the West Virginia Supreme court is still on the agenda for next weeks meeting.

 Meanwhile, the once-again first lady of White Sulphur Springs say's she is happy to see her husband back in his rightful seat.

Candice Taylor says the past four months were tough, but she relied on prayer to get her through it.

"I think that everything is going to work out since Thomas is back. White Sulphur is getting ready for a change. It's going to come."

 

 

 
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