Fantroy appointed to Hobson City Council
July 12—HOBSON CITY — Former City Clerk Lakeisha Fantroy has been named to fill the last vacancy on Hobson City City Council.
The action on Monday night came after Fantroy and local businesswoman Melissa Malone both put themselves forward as candidates for the job.
Council members retired in executive session to discuss the decision before returning to regular session to announce the decision.
Fantroy, who served as city clerk for four years, said she left her post for health reasons, “but I don’t want to stop working for this city.”
The mother-of-two said she wanted to work with children in the city and “keep them going”.
“We need more activity here instead of going to Oxford, Anniston or Fort McClellan,” Fantroy said. “We have perfectly good pitch here and people who are willing to volunteer and help. It just needs a little work and I believe that with the right help and guidance it can all come back to normal. Hobson City. I’m just here to serve the community the best I can.”
Fantroy joins Coretta Chandler as new members of the city council. Chandler was named at the June 27 board meeting.
Mayor Alberta McCrory and council thanked Malone for his interest and recommended that he consider applying for the vacant position on the Housing Authority Board to better familiarize himself with city government.
McCrory also thanked Quinita Clark, who recently purchased the property better known as the Old Bingo Hall on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
Jackson made improvements to the location and developed it as an event center for family occasions such as weddings and birthdays.
“I want to share the love I have for when I get my family together,” Clark said.
Clark said she was appearing before council asking for help in getting street lighting for that road.
McCrory and the board said they will review this situation to see what can be done.
“I appreciate our young people investing in our city,” McCrory said. “I appreciate [Clark] not just talking about what needs to be done, but actually doing it. There are other young people buying property in Hobson City to improve it.”
McCrory also mentioned that plans are being finalized for the annual Founders Day Festival scheduled for August 14-20.