The Luther Town Board met in a Special Meeting Monday evening, the third attempt to conduct it’s regular November business, before its time for December business next week. You’ll recall there were the incidents of the “adrupt adjournment” and the “quorum, no quorum” previously.
Four of the five town trustees attended, enough elected officials to conduct business. As to the lingering issue of hiring a new town attorney, bids from five attorneys were unsealed. The trustees voted to consider hiring an attorney at a future meeting, and proceeded with this meeting, without an attorney hired to represent them or the town.
The next agenda item dealt with the issue of the board elected position of mayor.
Acting Mayor Lea Ann Jackson recommended tabling that issue as well, until a town attorney could help sort it out. It was during the October meeting within an agenda item for “new business,” that Jackson moved to oust then Mayor Birlene Langley from the position. The vote carried.
However, Monday night, Trustee Ron Henry said he disagreed with tabling the issue, “We are a democracy and majority rules. I think it should go forward (with Jackson as mayor). That’s my feeling on it.”
Jackson said her thought was to try to bring some decorum to the body.
“I think we’ve had some divisiveness that’s have kept us from being effective. In the end, it’s all about getting the town to move forward,” said Jackson. “As long as people have questions about who is the mayor, was it done correctly, it just kinds of keeps things stirred up. I feel like we can move better as a unit” with a town attorney weighing in on the issue.
At the end of the discussion, Langley said the issue needs to be handled correctly.
“It doesn’t matter to me. The only thing the mayor does that anybody else doesn’t do is read the agenda and if the news wants to come out for any reason, they want to talk to the mayor,” said Langley.
The issue was tabled.
Henry presented on another agenda item regarding the town gas pump, alleging some have helped themselves to the fuel.
“For a number of years we’ve had a lot of corruption in this little town. People taking gas, and all of this kind of nonsense.”
Jackson commented that with expenditures of $2,500 in fuel just this month, the issue should be addressed.
Fire Chief Jason Miller agreed to investigate a better security system to fuel town vehicles including police cars and fire trucks.
Other issues on the agenda included paying the bills, presenting a proposed budget, concerns Trustee Henry has over his personal safety at meetings and paying $700 for the town’s Christmas decorations.
Regarding the budget, a public meeting on the budget is tentatively scheduled 30 minutes prior to the December 8, 2015, meeting.