COPPERAS COVE — The City Council canvassed the Nov. 6 election results Monday, officially declaring its newest member won the election by less than one-fifth of a percent of the votes cast.
“Council member Position 2 was a three-way vote,” City Secretary Jane Lees said Monday in explaining the election results to the council. “Mark Peterson should be declared the winner as he won by the majority of the vote: 50.17 percent.”
Peterson, a former council member and retired Army sergeant major, needed to break the 50 percent mark to capture the council seat because more than two people were running in the election.
According to city documents, Peterson received a total of 2,593 votes. Azeita Taylor, a former Copperas Cove Leader Press editor, garnered 1,731 votes, and Sandor Vegh, a retired civil servant, received 844 votes. Votes in the election were taken from both Lampasas and Coryell counties.
Peterson, who will take office in early December, was present Monday to hear the final results.
“I am very excited,” Peterson said. “I am ready to get started and pleased that the citizens afforded me the opportunity to represent them. I am looking forward to working on the projects the city already has started and getting them complete.”
The council also canvassed votes for a $4.7 million bond election to build a new fire station and the city’s charter election, confirming that every issue was approved by residents.
“I want to thank all the people that turned out to vote,” said Mayor John Hull. “I hope that continues. I also would like to thank all those that voted for the fire station. I think that is something we really need.”
According to city documents, 4,655 voters favored the bond, while 2,061 residents were against the issue.
The city is anticipating awarding the bond to a lender in mid-January, states a schedule presented by the city’s financial adviser, Austin-based Specialized Public Finance Inc.
The proposed fire station is expected to be about 11,000 square feet and will be located at Grimes Crossing Road and Avenue B. It will replace the station on Avenue B outside City Park.