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Alma government running without top two positions

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ALMA - Every city government was going through some type of turmoil over the last few weeks and Alma was not left out.

Over the last few months, the city has seen its top two positions resign or walk out, thrusting the control to the remaining four council members.

The former mayor, Bill Blackmon, stepped down in May after only serving one term and Scot Shepherd took control as mayor pro tem, but walked out of a council meeting within the month.

This left four council members running the show, but they made the decision to appoint Donnie Kellers the newest council member and to continue to run the government as a five member council.

The current city council was Don Kellers, Jerry Blazek, Mike Elliot, Lawrence Reeves and newly appointed Donnie Kellers, Don Kellers' son.

The council will begin filling the seats vacated by Blackmon and Shepherd as soon as they approve the budget for next fiscal year, said Don Kellers.

The biggest issue which faces the council at this time was the condition of the city roads.

Toth Road was the council's first priority.

Shepherd walked out of the council meeting because of the numerous complaints from the citizens about the city road conditions and the inability of the current council to do anything to improve them.

Shepherd had sit on the council for the past 11 years and served as mayor pro tem for approximately eight of those years.
Nobody wanted to take the mayoral position because of the public outcry and hostility shown to the top spot of the city because of the road conditions said Don Kellers.

The major obstacle concerning the road repairs was financial.

According to Don Kellers, the road repair went from approximately $5,000 a mile to five times as much, approximately $25,000 a mile.

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