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[00:00:01]

>>> WELCOME TO THE ABILENE CITY COUNCIL TO ORDER.

I AM GOING TO ASK COUNCILOR TO START WITH THE INVOCATION ON THIS MORNING, AS WELL AS THE PLEDGE TO THE DIFFERENT FLAGS.

WE ARE HERE FOR THE PURPOSE TODAY OF CANVAS CANVASSING -- TE RUNOFF OF THE ELECTION HELD NOVEMBER 3RD AND ADDRESS THE

POST-ELECTION PROCESS. >> PRAY WITH ME.

MOST GRACIOUS AND HEAVENLY FATHER GOD, THANK YOU.

WE PAUSE TO SAY THANK YOU NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR, BUT BECAUSE YOU ARE. WE'RE THANKFUL FOR YOUR GRACE, WE'RE THANKFUL FOR YOUR MERCIES THAT WITH NEW AND EVERY DAY.

THE THINGS THAT ARE SEEN AND UNSEEN.

GOD, I JUST PRAY AND ASK YOU THAT GIVE US AS A COUNCIL WISDOM TO OPERATE IN A WAY THAT BRINGS THE GREATEST GOOD TO THE CITY.

THANKFUL FOR THE ELECTIONS AND THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPOKEN.

PRAY THAT THE LEADERS THAT HAVE BEEN CHOSEN, GOD, CONTINUE TO OPERATE IN A WAY THAT BRINGS GLORY AND HONOR TO YOUR NAME.

FATHER GOD, JUST ALLOW US DURING THIS COVID SEASON TO LOOK FOR WAYS IN WHICH THINGS THAT HAVEN'T STOPPED AREN'T STOPPED, AS SUCH AS LOVING EACH OTHER. LET US LIVE IN A WAY THAT MAKES YOU PROUD. IN YOUR NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

>> COUNCILMAN PRICE AND ALBUS COULD NOT BE HERE.

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

>> THE TEXAS FLAG. >> HONORED TE -- TEXAS FLAG.

ONE STATE UNDER GOD, ONE AND INDIVISIBLE.

[2. Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action on Canvassing the Returns and Declaring the Results of the General Election Held in the City of Abilene on November 3, 2020 (Shawna Atkinson)]

>> ITEM NUMBER 2. >> GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL. SHAWNA ATKINSON, CITY SOMEBODY.

WE'RE HERE TO SAN RISK IS THE -- HERE TO CANVASS THE ELECTION.

WE ORDERED THE ELECTION IN JULY AFTER POSTPONED FROM THE NORMAL MAY ELECTION. AND BECAUSE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS RUN A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY, WE HAD TO CONTRACT WITH TAYLOR AND JONES COUNTY THIS TIME. SO WE HAVE RESULTS FROM BOTH.

SO FROM TAYLOR COUNTY, OUR UNOFFICIAL RESULTS, 80.94% FOR ANTHONY WILLIAMS, 68.3% FOR DON- DONNA ALBUS.

AND THEN FROM JONES COUNTY. 67.8% FOR DONNA ALBUS AND 100% FOR WELDON HURT. I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY

QUESTIONS. >> ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING. THANK YOU, SHAWNA.

ANYONE WHO WANTS TO SPEAK FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM? IF SO, PLEASE GIVE YOUR NAME POT RECORD.

SEEING NO ONE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

COUNCIL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS IN REGARDS TO THIS AGENDA ITEM?

A MOTION AND A SECOND. >> SO MOVED.

>> MOTION BY COUNCILMAN HURT. AND FOR A DISCUSSION, WE'RE

READY TO VOTE. >> MAYOR PRO-TEM.

[Items 3 & 5]

>> ITEM NUMBER 3. WE'LL TAKE OUR OATHS.

SHOULD WE JOIN YOU DOWN THERE? >> YES.

>> EVERYBODY? >> YES.

>> WE'LL SWEAR IN DONNA, NOT ON THURSDAY, BUT THE SECOND MEETING. LET'S DO THE OATH NOW.

>> YES. >> I, STATE YOUR NAME.

>> ANTHONY WILLIAMS. >> DO SOLE EM EM -- DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR AND AFFIRM. OF THE OFFICE OF MAYOR, FOR THE CITY OF ABILENE, FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS.

FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS AND WILL TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND, THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS.

THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND OF THIS STATE SO HELP ME GOD. PERFECT.

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I, STATE YOUR NAME. >> WELDON HURT.

>> DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE OF CITY COUNCIL PLACE 4, FOR THE CITY OF ABILENE, FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS, AND WILL TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY,

PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND. >> PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND.

>> THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS. >> THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS.

>> OF THE UNITED STATES. >> OF THE UNITED STATES.

>> AND OF THIS STATE. SO HELP ME GOD.

>> GREAT.

>> I JUST WANT TO THANK THE CITIZENS OF ABILENE FOR TRUSTING ME ONCE AGAIN FOR ANOTHER TERM. I HAVE SOME OF MY FAMILY HERE.

MY WIFE DEBBY, MY YOUNGEST SON BRANSON AND HIS WIFE KEELIE , MY GRANDDAUGHTER ADDIE, THEIR SON BRIGHAM IS IN DAYCARE.

MY OLDEST SON AND HIS SONS ARE IN FT. WORTH AND COULDN'T BE HERE TODAY. BUT JUST LOOK FORWARD TO ANOTHER

TERM AND MAKING ABILENE GREAT. >> WELL, THANKS THE CITIZENS OF ABILENE FOR ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS MAYOR.

JUST WANT TO THANK GOD FOR CONTINUING TO BLESS ME AND REALLY BLESS OUR COMMUNITY. THANKFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. MY BRIDE IS WITH ME OF OVER 30 YEARS. AND LYNETTE, THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME AND BELIEVING IN US AND SUPPORTING ME IN EVERYTHING I'VE EVER DONE. LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH WELDON AND OUR PEERS, THE CITY ADMINISTRATION, AS WELL AS THE STAKEHOLDERS IN OUR COMMUNITY MOVING FORWARD.

I'LL ADDRESS THE IMMEDIATE NEED OF COVID-19, OTHER PERTINENT ISSUES ALSO. WE ASK FOR BLESSINGS ON ABILENE.

AND HOPING THAT GOD CONTINUES TO BLESS AMERICA.

AMEN. SHAWNA, WE GO TO NUMBER 6?

[6. Oral Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action on Appointing a Mayor Protem & Deputy Mayor Protem]

>> YES, SIR. >> NUMBER 6, THIS ITEM -- WELL ACCEPT A MOTION FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF MAYOR AND MAYOR PRO-TEM AT THIS TIME. AS PART OF OUR TRADITION, THE TWO CANDIDATES IN REGARDS TO CURRENT TO EXPIRING, MAYOR PRO-TEM AND MAYOR. THAT WOULD BE MAYOR PRO-TEM AND DEPUTY MAYOR PRO-TEM. BE SURE I GET THAT ACCURATE.

JACK. RIGHT.

JACK RENTZ. SHANE IS MAYOR PRO-TEM.

I'LL TAKE A MOTION. >> SO MOVED.

>> MOTION BY COUNCILMAN HURT. >> SECOND BY MR. CRAVER.

ANY DISCUSSION? >> ACTUALLY, YOU NEED TO OPEN

THE PUBLIC HEARING. >> OKAY.

SORRY. >> THIS ITEM DOES CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING. SO AT THIS TIME ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM?

>> JACK, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE. >> SEEING NO ONE, I WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING. NOW PYLE ACCEPT A MOTION AND A

SECOND. >> SO MOVED.

>> MOTION BY COUNCILMAN HURT. >> A SECOND BY DR. CRAVER.

ANY DISCUSSION? WE'RE READY TO VOTE.

>> AND IT IS 9:10 A.M.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.