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Carbon Hill residents get no answers at city council meeting

Carbon Hill City Hall. Source: WBRC video Carbon Hill City Hall. Source: WBRC video

Thursday at 6 p.m., the Carbon Hill City Council was supposed to meet for the first time since the mayor was arrested for alleged sex crimes.

Mayor James Richardson was arrested on several charges, including sexual abuse. In addition to his criminal charges, an alleged victim of Richardson's has filed a civil suit against him, the police department and the city. It remains to be seen how this will affect the city.

At first, media cameras were not even allowed inside the council meeting, which violates the open meetings act. Pro Tem Mayor Terry Mason wasn't backing down.

"I can have a public meeting and not have cameras, yes ma'am I can," Mason told FOX6.

Mason soon learned that yes, it was against the law and the cameras were allowed  back inside.

However, as soon as that meeting had begun, Mason adjourned it. Many people had come to city hall tonight looking for answers on how the city would move forward after Mayor James Richardson's arrest. They left with no answers and a lot of frustration.

"I think it's a shame and disgrace to adjourn without given the people any indication of what's going on," one resident said.

We asked Mason if he thought this action is what the residents needed from the city.

"Yes this is exactly what the people needed and this is exactly what the people got. Anything having to do with mayor I will take care of," he said.

In addition, it was never clear what the council would discuss Thursday night because an agenda was never made available. FOX6 tried to request an agenda but city hall closed early today. This was another point of frustration for residents because a lack of agenda meant they couldn't have a chance to get onto it to share their concerns.

Richardson has not formally resigned his position and he remains in custody at the Walker County Jail.

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