VERNON — Vernon residents will return to the polls on March 12 to elect two city council members and a mayor.

VERNON — Vernon residents will return to the polls on March 12 to elect two city council members and a mayor.

Mayor Michelle Cook asked the Vernon City Council on Monday night to set the date of March 12 as the date of the city’s next general election, in which town residents will vote on the mayor’s office, as well as elect two city council members.

Longtime city councilman Byron Biddle’s seat is up for election this year, and the seat left vacant after the death of councilman Oscar Ward is also up for election. The position of mayor is voted on each year, said City Clerk Dian Hendrix, so Mayor Cook will also be up for re-election.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the city hall on March 12, and the qualifying period for the election will be from Jan. 28 to Jan. 31. The books on the election will close on Feb. 12.

The mayor also told the council that the Florida Department of Transportation is planning to hold a dedication ceremony for the completed bridge at 11 a.m. on Feb. 14, and it is expected that Gov. Rick Scott will be in attendance.

“The DOT is providing tents and everything we need for the dedication, and there may also be entertainment,” Cook said. She asked the council to approve a $500 expenditure by the city to provide food for the dedication ceremony.

The council voted to set the election date as requested and also approved the $500 expense for the DOT ceremony.

Cook reported that the city’s recreation committee would hold baseball, T-ball and softball registration from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 and that registration would continue until March 1. She also reported that a Dixie League umpire clinic would be held in February in Marianna.

Persons interested in either team registration or the Dixie League clinic may contact city hall for more information.

In other business, the city council accepted the bid of $2,500 from Southern Earth Sciences, Inc. to cap the abandoned monitor well, as required by the state, after Biddle explained that having the well sealed was a requirement of the city’s last sewer permit.

The council also accepted the low bid of $12,193.25 from Surplus Salvage of Chipley for roof repairs to the city hall building.