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Payne Springs seeks volunteers for council seats


David Webb is a veteran journalist who has written for the mainstream and alternative media for three decades. He is now a freelancer who lives in the Cedar Creek Lake area.

The Payne Springs City Council is seeking volunteers who are residents of the city to fill a vacant seat until the term expires.

Two-term Councilman Ron Spahlinger resigned Aug. 22, saying he lacked the time to continue serving. His unexpired term ends in November 2017 when the city could conduct an election, but the deadline for seeking a spot on the ballot has already passed.

Two other incumbent council members are on the ballot for their expiring seats, but no one is challenging them. Typically, cities cancel elections in such situations to avoid the election costs which average several thousand dollars.

Spahlinger served as the city’s financial officer, but those duties will now be conducted by Mayor Pro Tem Dick Hoffman.

To volunteer for the council seat, visit City Hall or call 903-451-9229.

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