A new alderman was appointed to the Alma City Council during their regular monthly meeting Thursday night.

James McGhee, Crawford County Farm Bureau manager, will replace Doug Wilson who resigned his position as the representative for Ward 2 in February.

Both McGhee and Brett Bottoms, a licensed contractor and volunteer fireman for the Alma Fire Department, put forward their resumes to be considered for the position.

Aldermen voted 3-2 to appoint McGhee, with Aldermen John Tribulak, John Ware and Maria Washburn voting in favor, and Aldermen Rinda Baker and Eddie Wakefield against.

McGhee is chairman on the Sparks Medical Center-Van Buren Board of Trustees and has served on the board for 34 years, as well as on the board of trustees for Kibler United Methodist Church.

As an employee of Crawford County Farm Bureau, McGhee is active in area farming and serves on the Crawford County Junior Livestock Auction Committee and on the selection committee for the Crawford County Farm Family.

McGhee also is a member and past president of the Alma Rotary Club, which he helped organize. He has been a member and officer in several other civic organizations, as well.

Also during the Thursday meeting, the council members upheld a decision by the Alma Planning Commission to deny a request by Brent Gardner to rezone a property on U.S. 64 East.

Gardner had requested the property be rezoned from residential to commercial so that three businesses - G and H Truck Sales Of Arkansas, G and H Professional Transport and a financial company - could build on the location.

Residents living close to the property had objected to Gardner’s request and asked that the property remain residential. It is currently zoned as R2, which allows multiple families up to four units per structure.

Aldermen also agreed to change the term of planning commission member Joe Cannon to end Sept. 29, 2016 to coincide with the end term of the other commission members.