By Jeremy Elrod
After seven years as mayor and 10 total years as a member of the Hull City Council, Paul Elkins has officially retired from his position as mayor.
“I began my time on the council in March of 2003, and would just like to say thank you to every person on this council and in the community for the opportunities you’ve given me over the years to be your mayor,” said Elkins. “It’s been quite a journey and we’ve gone through a lot, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it all.”
Councilman Wayne Melton expressed his appreciation of Elkins’ service.
“Thank you for your 10 years of service and dedication,” said Melton. “It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to work with you, and you’ve certainly been a blessing for this city.”
Elkins thanked the council for their support and service in return.
“Thank you for your kind comments,” he said. “It’s been a joy to work with you all.”
City clerk Sandra Pou then swore in Mayor-elect Mike Jones as he offered comments regarding his new position.
“I’m looking forward to serving as mayor, and am excited to see what lies ahead for the city.”
Elkins offered final thoughts on the matter.
“I really hope you enjoy it Mike,” he said. “Hull is a fine place to live.”
In other matters, the surveying and staking of pins remains tabled until January 2014, along with the issue of road improvements. The old fountain at the well has officially been removed and replaced by a new table. Councilman Larry Mills resigned from his position, since he has moved outside the city. The 2014 budget was accepted. Also, the council approved and signed various intergovernmental agreement contracts for service with the local sheriff’s office and Hull Fire Department.
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