Carter sworn in as newest Oak Grover councilwoman
by Mark Ledbetter
Mary Carter is sworn in by Town Clerk Wendy Kelly as Oak Grove’s newest council member after being appointed Tuesday night.
OAK GROVE – Mary Carter was sworn in Tuesday night to serve the vacated Place 3 seat on the Town Council.

Carter fills the position vacated after the resignation of former Councilwoman Sue Rogers, who resigned Nov. 6.

“It will be good to have a woman’s perspective,” Mayor Charles Merkel said.

Merkel said others thought Carter to be quiet, but Merkel said she can be vocal about certain issues.

“The council is excited about having her serve,” Merkel said.

Carter became a resident of Oak Grove after her property was annexed by the town in 2002. Carter has served on the town’s planning commission since at least 2008.

Carter also played a pivotal role in Oak Grove’s move toward establishing a sewer board. She, along with Frank Young and David Shafer, signed an application to form a public corporation necessary for establishing the board.

Carter said she hopes her background in accounting will be an asset to the council. Carter served the last 12 years in student accounting for Talladega College and remains involved in her local church’s financial operations.

“I want people to feel like they can talk (to me) about improvements and I can get that to the right people,” Carter said. “I would like to work with the council to bring more businesses to the community.”

Carter also would like to see the town have a library when and if funds are available.

Carter also said she believes once the federal government gets past the “fiscal cliff,” the council will have a better idea of what direction they can take financially.

Carter said she wanted to thank the council and community for the trust they have in her to work with the council for town improvements.

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