Bill Cantley appointed new councilman for Riverside
by Elsie Hodnett
Nov 02, 2011 | 7906 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Riverside City Clerk Rhonda Burns swore in new District 3 Councilman Bill Cantley at Tuesday’s council meeting. From left, Rhonda Burns, Bill Cantley and his wife, Susan.
Riverside City Clerk Rhonda Burns swore in new District 3 Councilman Bill Cantley at Tuesday’s council meeting. From left, Rhonda Burns, Bill Cantley and his wife, Susan.
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RIVERSIDE — District 3 has a new councilman.

The City Council unanimously appointed a Bill Cantley to represent District 3 at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“I want to thank the council for considering me for it,” Cantley said. “I will do my best to represent the citizens of District 3.”

Mayor Rusty Jessup recommended the council appoint Cantley to serve the council seat left vacant when former Councilman David Todd resigned Oct. 3.

Todd was appointed to fill the District 3 council vacancy in June 2010. He replaced former councilwoman Joyce Silvers, who was elected to serve District 3 in 2008 municipal election but resigned in May 2010.

Jessup said Cantley ran in the 2008 election to represent District 5, however due to redistricting, Cantley will live in District 3 under the new map. Cantley lives on Sprayberry Road in the west side of Riverside.

“Bill has been in and out of here quite a bit in the past,” Councilman Jimmy Hollander said. “I think he understands a bit of what it takes to be a councilman.”

Councilman Kenny Womack thanked Cantley for stepping up and wanting to make a difference in his town.

The council also approved an agreement with St. Clair County for repairs to Sprayberry Road.

“We have the money in the road fund to pay for it,” Jessup said. “The work is finally underway.”

Jessup said the city’s portion of the project is $23,690. The county will provide the equipment and manpower for the repairs. About a mile-and-a-half of Sprayberry Road is located in Riverside. Portions of Sprayberry Road are also located in Pell City and St. Clair County.

“We want to thank the St. Clair County Commission for their help with this project,” Womack said. “This is something we have been working on ever since I came into office three years ago.”

In other matters the council:

• Approved the submission of Riverside Landing to the Alabama League of Municipalities Municipal Quality of Life Award.

• Approved Riverside Toys for Kids roadblock fundraisers at the corner of Depot Street and U.S. 78 from 8 a.m.-noon on Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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