Newly elected Brock city leaders discussed their plans following Tuesday’s election.
Current City Commissioner Jay Hamilton won the election for mayor with 231 votes, or 73.1 percent of the vote.
Incumbent City Commissioner Debbie Scrimshire and Ben Davis both garnered enough votes for a place as Brock city commissioners. Scrimshire gained 151 votes, or 34.09 percent of the vote. Davis got 144 votes, or 32.51 percent of the vote.
Hamilton said he is looking forward to taking on his new role and doing the job that voters elected him for, such as managing growth and making a plan to ensure future water supply.
Hamilton wants to provide information for the Brock community about the water situation.
“My initial goal is to work with the Upper Trinity and Water Conservation District to see what we can do about getting some water-well monitoring, aquifer monitoring out here in Brock,” Hamilton said. “I don’t want to scare anybody. I want to make sure that everybody knows that it’s not an imminent danger; we’re not about to lose water, but it hasn’t been monitored, and there’s no reporting done regularly.”
Hamilton also hopes to stay in touch with residents through town hall meetings.
“I realize that people like to know who they elected, they like to talk to them,” Hamilton said. “I look forward to holding town hall meetings at least once a quarter and listening to what people want.”
Hamilton said he is “humbled and grateful” for the results of the election and wants to fulfill voter expectations.
“I have taken several oaths in the past with the military, but I don’t know that any of them will be as important as this one I’m about to take,” Hamilton said.
Scrimshire has been on the commission for about a year after she was appointed to fill an unexpired term.
“I’m not a politician, never run for office or anything, so I really didn’t even know what to expect, but I am glad to be back on the commission, and I’m glad to be on it with Jay Hamilton,” Scrimshire said.
Scrimshire said cities need to have rules and oversight. One of her goals moving forward is working to adjust Brock’s comprehensive plan based on what residents want.
“We’ve had a lot of controversy about having permits and things like that,” Scrimshire said. “The comprehensive plan is something that is ever-changing, so our goals are to get that very tailored to Brock and how we want it to remain a rural atmosphere with some businesses that support that rural atmosphere.”
This is Davis’s first term on the commission and in public office, and he said he is looking forward to helping Brock.
“My goal is basically to try to keep the government from going too large and protect the homeowners,” Davis said.
Hamilton’s opponent Steve Aue praised Brock residents for turning out to vote in the mayoral election. Aue said he congratulated Hamilton on his win.
“It’s time to turn the page,” Aue said. “All of the ambiguity about the founding, voter mandates and all the rest of that stuff is now history. The votes are counted and a new course has been set. I wish this commission all the best and I pray they govern with wisdom and compassion.”