Canning Center future discussed

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM.

VERNON — Michelle Cook is unopposed in her bid for re-election as mayor of Vernon.

The Vernon City Council approved the list of certified candidates seeking the two open council seats. No one applied to run for the mayor’s position, said City Clerk Dian Hendrix on Monday.

Council member Byron Biddle is stepping down from the council, and the seat left vacant by the death of Oscar Ward last year is also up for grabs. The election will be held March 12, with the polls being open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Eligible candidates for the election include Tina Sloan, John W. Hawkins III, Shawn Sanders and Gary Owens.

 The council also approved moving the WIC office from the Vernon Library to the City Hall, and moving the Feb. 18 workshop to Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. since Feb. 18 is President’s Day and the City Hall will be closed for the national holiday.

Vernon resident Annette Lanham also approached the council about the possibility of reopening the Washington County Canning Center in a different building in Vernon.

“I took on this project because I felt that it would be a great public resource, not only for Vernon, but the neighboring areas as well,” Lanham said of the canning center.

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