Council discusses recreation board, Enterprise Zone at special workshop

Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM.

VERNON — The mayor of Vernon announced that she will not be seeking re-election during a special city council workshop on Monday.

Mayor Michelle Cook announced that she would not be seeking re-election in March. She gave no reason for her decision not to seek re-election, but said that she would not be involved in the recreation committee next year.

The special meeting was called to discuss the town’s recreation board as well as expansion plans for the city’s Enterprise Zone.

The discussion of the recreation board stemmed from the Oct. 28 council meeting, where there were questions over a changing of locks at the Sportsplex and the usage of the city parks for youth football practice.

At the Oct. 28 meeting, Jason Bullard, a Vernon resident and youth football coach, asked why his Washington County youth football squad was being denied use of the city park to practice in preparation for the upcoming Snapper Bowl, which will be held in Panama City Beach beginning on Nov. 27.

He also asked why the city council had voted to change all the locks at the Sportsplex, which took the council members by surprise.

Bullard and Scotty Corbin, both youth football coaches, were on hand Monday to further discuss the situation. Corbin also serves on the city recreation board.

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