• Travis Ransom, left, is sworn in as mayor of Atlanta by City Attorney James Verschoyle during Monday’s city council meeting.

Travis Ransom appointed Atlanta mayor

Travis Ransom was sworn in as mayor of Atlanta Monday evening after being appointed by the city council to fill the office left vacant by the passing of Keith Crow.
Crow, who had been mayor since 2006, died July 22. The council, according to city charter, had to appoint someone to the vacant post no later than their Aug. 21 meeting.
Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Dean McDuff had been filling in since earlier this month.
The appointment of Ransom, a local insurance agent, was approved unanimously. He’ll now serve the remainder of Crow’s unexpired term, which runs through May. Ransom has expressed an interest in running for a full term as mayor at the end of the unexpired term he’s completing. Mayors serve two-year terms.
After the meeting, Ransom said he sees positive things on the horizon for Atlanta.
“We have the resources here, we’re in close proximity to three interstate highways … in addition to Highway 59, which is the most highly trafficked state highway in the nation,” Ransom said. “So logistically, we’re in a great spot for economic development.”
“Texas is wide open for business. I think Atlanta, Texas is wide open for business, so I’m looking forward to working on economic development projects and advancing that -- and getting Atlanta really on the map for anyone who wants to do business in Texas.”
An Atlanta native, Ransom also spoke of the opportunity to fill the role of mayor in his hometown.
“It’s a special thing to get to serve in the community I grew up in and lived in all my life.”
In other action Monday, the council:
-Voted its intention to “levy a property tax rate of .660000 – an amount above the effective tax rate of .645794,” and to conduct two public hearings on the rate, on Sept. 5 and Sept. 11. The tax rate proposed is the same as the current tax rate.
-Approved following the recommendation of the Rural Business Enterprise Grant board in issuing a “revolving loan in the amount of $90,000 to J.P. Denson at a fixed APR of 3 percent for 10 years.”
-Appointed Lisa Thompson and Jeff Peace to the Atlanta Revenue Advisory Committee.
-Extended the employment agreement with City Manager David Cockrell.

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