|Lott to resign from Millbrook City Council|
|Written by News Desk|
|Friday, 27 September 2013 11:13|
Ward Two City Councilman Joe Lott will tender his resignation to the city effective September 30, 2013.
By ART PARKER
Millbrook Mayor Al Kelley informed The Independent on Monday afternoon that Ward Two City Councilman Joe Lott (pictured) would tender his resignation to the city effective September 30, 2013. Kelley said the resignation would be presented to the Millbrook City Council at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night, September 24, 2013, approximately six hours after The Independent press time, and that he expected the council to accept the resignation and look toward the process of finding a replacement.
"I was fearful this day would come," Kelley said. "All of us were hoping Joe's condition would improve and that he would be back long before now. Unfortunately for the city, and especially for Joe, that didn't happen. I'm sure I speak for the entire council and the city when I say that his resignation is the last thing we wanted. He has been a great servant to our community and a valuable asset to the city for many, many years. His leadership and contributions will be sorely missed."
Lott was elected to his first term in 2004, was re-elected in 2008 in the only contested city race. He was re-elected in 2012 in a contested race, but has experienced difficulty in attending council meetings since the beginning of the current term which began in November, 2012.
Lott suffered from a back ailment that grew worse earlier in the year, and as The Independent reported in early summer, he suffered a setback with an infection related to his spine. Lott has been hospitalized for several months and has just been transferred to a rehab facility.
His condition has improved remarkably over the last month, but as he indicated in his letter of resignation, his condition still prohibits him from serving. In his letter Lott said he has been faced with serious illness in the recent past and unable to attend and fully participate in all council meetings. "I think it is best to step aside and concentrate on regaining my health."
In his letter Lott also acknowledged the progress the city has made over the years, especially noting that Millbrook is on sound financial footing while many others cities are not.
"It gives me a certain sense of accomplishment in knowing that I may have had, along with my fellow council members, at least a small hand in some of what we accomplished as a team," Lott stated in his resignation letter.
Some may seek a better community servant in Millbrook but they will never find one better than Lott, Kelley said. Lott served the community as a banker and has been involved with just about everything pro-Millbrook and positive for decades. Lott has been President of the Men's Club, a Kiwanis member and a member of just about any organization that has contributed to the City. "He always was involved. He was always ready and prepared to lead us, no matter what it was," Kelley said.
Lott was the banker that went the extra distance to help Millbrook with its first ever bond issue back in the 80s. The city had no money and no real municipal credit. But Lott pushed and shoved and made things happen. The result was the City's first bond issue and Millbrook was able to begin a sewage system, something that is taken for granted today. Without that Millbrook's growth may have been permanently stunted.
Lott's influence as a banker has a far reaching affect. In the days when Millbrook was struggling to grow and develop, Lott helped many a small business with capital. There are many businesses alive today in Millbrook because of his willingness to help as a lender.
According to Alabama law, the City Council must fill the vacancy within 60 days.
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