Lundy says he’s done with Grantville council
by Celia Shortt
Grantville City Councilman Barham Lundy announced at Monday’s city council meeting that he is “done” with the city council and will not seek re-election when his term is up next year.
In the part of the meeting reserved for citizens’ comments, Grantville citizen Deborah Jenkins came forward to discuss the town’s movie revenues from “The Walking Dead” and the necessity for them to go to the city, not personal businesses.
“I get they closed your businesses,” said Jenkins. “So you should get paid for that, but the city needs to make the majority of the money. This is where we make our money to try to up the revenue. You got to let the money come down to the city. You can’t hog it for yourself.”
Jenkins then stated if the city council did not have the marketing skills to understand that, then maybe it needs members who do as well as some younger ones.
“I agree, but I’m going to tell you this,” said Lundy in response to Jenkins’ comments. “You’re not going to have to worry about me. My term is up next year. I won’t be back. This is my last term. I’ve had enough of this.”
At the conclusion of Jenkins’ comments and during his time for comments, Lundy divulged more information about his announcement of not seeking reelection when his city council term is up next year.
“Ms. Jenkins, I’m going to go a little further here,” he said. “If this next election don’t turn out the way I want it to, I’m going to be gone. You ain’t got to worry about me. I promise you I’m out of here.”
“I have been here seven years,” he said. “I ran to try to get a water system — a water filtration plant — in the city so we could grow. You can’t grow if you don’t have anybody to filter your water and your waste, and in seven years, I haven’t come nowhere close to accomplishing that. My term is up next year, and I don’t see it happening in the future.
“What I’ve had to work with here, I’m not happy with the results that we’ve gotten. So I won’t be back under any conditions,” he added.
The other council members did not comment on Lundy’s announcement.
Two city council seats, those held by Selma Coty and Rochelle Jabaley, are up for reelection in the November election. Both of those incumbents are seeking reelection.