The results are official.
The Stephenville City Council checked the final tally late Tuesday from Saturday’s election - and nothing changed.
Pat Shelbourne has been elected to represent Place 1, Nancy Hunter has been re-elected to represent Place 3, Alan Nash has been re-elected to represent Place 5 and Mark Murphy has been re-elected to represent Place 7.
Also Tuesday, the council voted 8-1 in favor of changing the zoning at 2811 W. Washington St. from an “Industrial District” to a B-5 “Restaurant - Alcohol Beverage District,” a move that paves the way for Stephenville Wings LLC to open a restaurant that also will serve beer and wine.
The restaurant’s location is part of a strip mall near FMC Technologies.
(See Thursday’s Empire-Tribune for more on the zoning approval for the new restaurant)
Meanwhile, canvassed results showed Shelbourne defeated incumbent Cyndi Godwin and that Murphy defeated a trio of opponents - Robert Burns, Virginia Abel and D. Ray Elder.
Hunter and Nash were unopposed.
Before Shelbourne took over the Place 1 spot, the council recognized an emotional Godwin for her two years of service.
“We thank you for your contributions,” Mayor Rusty Jergins said. “You’ve always provided us an interesting perspective.”
Godwin thanked the citizens for “voting me in two years ago” and said she enjoyed serving with all the council members.
“I admire all council members past, present and future,” Godwin said. “Anyone who even runs for council or any public office is to be admired and deserves great respect.”
She also recognized “all our fine police officers for all the hard work they do here for Stephenville.”
“I know they’ll (police officers) continue to keep it up,” Godwin said, before congratulating Murphy on being re-elected and Shelbourne for “his hard work in this campaign.”
“I really do wish Mr. Shelbourne the best and a great two years - and more if he wants it,” she continued. “I will be praying for all of our council members and city staff.”
Godwin especially pointed out Malcolm Cross and his wife, Cindy, for being a top-notch couple and Nash for being nice. She pointed out Hunter as being “best dressed” and said she was going to be missed Mayor Pro-Tem Todd McEvoy and his “little sharp tongue.”
Shelbourne. Hunter and Nash also made comments.
DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.