Haislip move leaves vacancy on council

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Lewisburg City Council has a vacancy to fill.

Councilman Bam Haislip turned in his letter of resignation on Friday, effective Monday, July 3.

Haislip has moved out of Ward 3 which he represents, an event he described as “bittersweet.”

Haislip has represented Ward 3 since August of 2014 when he was chosen by the council to fill the seat held by Odie Whitehead, who had also moved out of the ward.

Ward 3 generally covers the area north of East Commerce between Second Avenue/Verona Road and Heil Quaker Boulevard.

Haislip said that his family had tried to find a home in Ward 3 but the available housing stock in the area made it impossible.

He served as the council’s representative on the Airport Board, Tree City Board, and the Cemetery Board.

He will continue to serve as a member of the Community Development Board.

“I definitely want to stay involved,” said Haislip.

In a statement, Haislip said, “serving as councilman has been one of the greatest honors of my life...we have brought incredible positive change to our city and set the stage for this momentum to continue in the years to come.”

“Bam has served with distinction,” said Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham. “We will miss him on the council, but we look forward to continuing to work with him for a better Lewisburg.”

A decision has not yet been made by the city on how and when Haislip’s seat will be filled.

The city’s charter allows councilmen to be replaced by selection of the sitting council, provided no more than two of the council have been selected in this manner.

Councilmen Steve Thomas, Nicholas Tipper, and Artie Allen were all elected during general elections so the council should be able to make the appointment.

Councilman Jerry Gordon was chosen by the council after an interview process to replace Trigg Cathey in Ward 4 after Cathey took the position as general manager of Lewisburg Water and Wastewater.

Haislip’s last official meeting as a councilman came at a special called meeting on Tuesday, June 27.

The council approved the city’s budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Also approved on second reading was a proposed rate hike for water and sewer service from Lewisburg Water.