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08.18.06 -- REPORT: Lee Deaderick sworn in

Temporary council member Lee Deaderick sworn in


Temporary Council Member Lee Deaderick was sworn in to the McIntosh Town Council Thursday night. Deaderick will serve one to two months until a special election can be held in October to replace former council member Danaya Wright.

Deaderick, though unfamiliar with the current issues on the town's agenda, held his fair share of the floor on his first night. At one point, Mayor Marsha Strange teased him telling him they were going to hold him to a time limit after he pushed an argument to limit the amount of money allotted to code enforcement for legal representation. Deaderick's style in council is to make a point by first telling a story or offering hypothetical scenarios.

On his first night, he was quick to pick up issues like questioning how much an attorney the code enforcement board wants to hire would be when no other council members voiced this concern. But he seemed out of step on other issues that have been a concern to residents.

Deaderick did not seem to support sending code enforcement to the county level making the point that the town stood to lose some of it's local control over small infractions like dogs in the park. The council is exploring an interlocal agreement with the county to take over code enforcement. But then later, Deaderick admitted in one of his illustrative stories his personal feelings toward his property. He said 10 years ago he once cut down a pecan tree knowing he would be fined because he wanted the tree gone.

Deaderick ran for council last fall and lost by only a few votes to Council President Joe Phillips and council member Frank Ciotti. He is a long time resident of McIntosh and the son-in-law of former council member Cary McCollum.

The qualifying period deadline for the special election to replace Wright will end Friday at noon.

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