Aspermont accepts mayor’s resignation

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Just before the end of 2018, Aspermont Mayor Lane Smith submitted his resignation after his wife’s new job created a conflict of interest, leaving Mayor Pro Tem Chris Lipham to sign the ordinance for the sale of alcohol within city limits.

Tena Smith recently filled the vacancy as director of the Aspermont Housing Authority, and as the Aspermont City Mayor directly oversees the position, the city’s attorney advised city officials against the potential conflict of interest. Mayor Smith graciously stepped down during the December meeting as his wife took the reins of the local housing authority.

Mayor Pro Tem Chris Lipham assumed mayoral duties as the city went on to approve the ordinance that established a local fee for business or individuals before selling alcohol within the city limits. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code allows a city to levy a local fee up to one-half the cost of the state fee for those permits.

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