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Guyton City Council hits stalemate trying to fill seat
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Filling the vacant seat on Guyton City Council will have to wait at least one more meeting.

Council members failed to appoint a replacement for Ulysses Eaton, who resigned his post earlier this year, at their April 12 meeting. The city’s charter calls for the council to select the replacement.

Council member Michael Johnson made the motion to nominate Joseph Lee, one of four who submitted applications to be considered for the seat. Franklin Goldwire seconded the motion. But Mayor Jeff Lariscy and council member Steve Collins did not vote in favor of Johnson’s motion, tying the vote at 2-2.

Colllins offered Marshall Reiser’s name in a motion, saying he made his choice based on Reiser’s background as a certified public accountant. He cited the upcoming expenditures the city faces and its “ongoing crisis with our accounting system.”

“I believe he will be very beneficial to the board,” Collins said.

However, Collins’ motion died for lack of a second.

Nick Smalley and Michael Gerwig also submitted resumes to the city to be considered for the open seat.

Eaton’s term is scheduled to expire in 2017.