Make a decision, abide rules

Published 8:31 pm Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The transition from the old Selma City Council to the new one has hit a bump in the road.

Before the old council left office, it had the opportunity to put into place the procedure for renaming streets. A request was made by some members of the public to rename Jeff Davis Avenue and make it — or a portion of it — J.L. Chestnut Jr. Avenue.

But the old council deferred the move to the new council. The new council wanted to get its business handled one mole hill at the time, so it decided to run through the resumes for city clerk, city treasurer and school board member before attacking the procedure for renaming a street.

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On Tuesday, the administrative committee of the city council reviewed the procedure, pronounced it fair and agreed to present it at the next city council meeting for the full body’s consideration.

During the committee meeting, Councilwoman Bennie Ruth Crenshaw urged the council to dispense with procedure and vote on the issue.

Less than three years ago, Crenshaw sat on a committee with Geraldine Allen and chaired by Jean Martin that wrote and proposed these procedures. Now, she doesn’t want to follow the rules of the game. She and others of the old council could have accomplished what they wanted several months ago before the new council came in.

We agree with Vivian Chestnut, daughter of the late attorney, this has drug on for way too long. It is embarrassing.

The council needs to handle this situation immediately by following its procedure and sticking to the decision.