Residents discuss city dissolution; council member criticizes mayor

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM.

"We’re not going to be in any better shape than we are now," he said, adding the sole difference would be the area’s municipality loss.

Florida Rep. Doug Broxson, newly elected Okaloosa County Commissioner Nathan Boyles and Okaloosa County Public Works Director John Hofstad attended, offering moral support. They did not express stances on the issue.

"We just want to be very clear that if your goal is to dissolve the city and become unincorporated in Okaloosa County, it’s not like we show up the next day and start repaving roads," Hofstad said after the meeting. "We have a process we go through."

The county commission must approve funding for road repairs before work could begin.

"We certainly want to help out Laurel Hill where we can ... and we certainly will in the future," Hofstad said. 

  During the meeting, an audience member asked the council to state their thoughts on the issue.

  Council Chair Larry Hendren and Co-chair Robby Adams said they favored dissolution. Councilman Clifton Hall said he wants Laurel Hill to remain a city. Council members Betty Williamson, Willie Mae Toles and Mayor Joan Smith expressed no preference.

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