By Alicia Lacy
Killeen Daily Herald
All four of the Copperas Cove city council's recalled council members were no-shows Friday at the special meeting to swear in the newly elected mayor, call the election and canvass votes from the Nov. 4 election.
Place 6 councilman Willie Goode and Place 7 councilman Frank Seffrood alternated between motions and seconds while Place 2 councilman Larry Sheppard presided over the meeting.
Only two council members were needed to canvass the votes, but five members were required to meet the quorum to call the election. Because there was a lack of a quorum, the election could not be called. The city's next move is for the city attorney to file a writ with the district judge to call the election.
Because of the standstill placed on the council, Jan. 24 is the earliest a special election can be held to fill the vacant seats.
City Secretary Jane Lees gave the official count of the votes from the recall, bond and mayoral election. Previous results from the election "did not include paper ballots, provisional ballots or federal ballots," Lees said.
In the city's mayoral election, John Hull received 4,193 votes and Roger O'Dwyer received 3,518.
Lees read the final, cumulative results for the recall election.
Mayor Pro-Tem Robert Reeves received 4,595 votes for his recall and 2,761 against; Place 3 councilman Mark Peterson received 4,456 votes in favor and 2,867 against; Place 4 councilwoman Charlotte Heinze received 4,462 votes for the recall and 2,892 against; Place 5 councilman Ray Don Clayton received 4,466 for the recall and 2,907 votes against.
Proposition 1 was passed with a 4,307 vote for the city's new police facility.
Proposition 2 was narrowly defeated with a 3,936 vote in favor and 4,031 vote against the proposition for a multi-purpose recreation center.
Proposition 3 was passed with a 4,944 vote.
The proposition is filled with projects that will help improve the city's transportation issues.
Proposition 4 was passed with a 4,882 vote to maintain and expand the city's waterworks and sewer system.
After Hull was sworn in as mayor, he thanked his supporters and said he looked "forward to the challenge."
"I pledge to you that I will do the best that I can do for the betterment of the city of Copperas Cove and the people therein," he said.
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