Odessa City Council looks to fill open seat

Odessa City Council looks to fill open seat

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - During the Odessa city council meeting Tuesday night, residents of District One reiterated the phrase "Tomorrow is never promised." They hoped to kick start the search for someone to replace Roger McNeil the previous council member who had to vacate his seat due to an illness.

District One resident, Malcolm Hamilton said "I thought it would be beneficial to be here to voice my opinion, to hear everyone's opinion and to make sure we're all on the same page."

Some of the opinions voiced by the residents touched on issues currently in the district.

"There has not been adequate representation because we don't have any development on the south side that someone can be satisfied with," said Hamilton.

The council heard the needs and decided to accept applications on the open seat and will look to choose a new council member by next meeting.

Odessa Mayor David Turner said "Our whole goal is to get representation for District One because they need a voice on the council."

The council and residents both believed tonight's meeting showed the importance of what District One means to each of them.

"I'm glad they came. I'm glad they expressed their views," said Turner.

"Sometimes you don't know. You look around and you ask yourself do they care? To see the people in there today, it shows me that they do care," said Hamilton.

Turner said the new council member will have to file for the city election in May and either file again or end their term in November.

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