During Monday’s meeting, Mayor Bruce Riffle announced that council member Sam Legg would be unable to fulfill the rest of his term because he is classified as a state employee and cannot serve on council at the same time.
Originally, officials with the Secretary of State’s office said Legg could serve on council. However, Riffle said they later told him that Legg could not fill the position.
During December’s meeting, Legg was nominated and approved to serve on council. He filled the vacant seat that was left after Riffle, who formerly held the position, became mayor following the former mayor’s resignation.
Council unanimously approved Legg’s resignation before approving Adam Null to fill the council seat. Null accepted the nomination and was officially sworn in as a council member, agreeing to fulfill the term until the town’s municipal election in June.
Null said he is looking forward to serving the town.
“I am just filling in to help out,” he added.
Riffle described Null as a good addition to council.
“Adam’s a very good man. We are lucky to have him,” Riffle said.
• Riffle reported that work on the street lights in town has been delayed for another three weeks due to the recent winter storm. AEP originally was to start work this week but could not due to the heavy power restoration efforts over the past few weeks.
• Council members discussed the possibility of paving the town hall’s parking lot. Riffle reported that he received some preliminary cost quotes for council to take into consideration if they decide to pursue the project and put it to bid in the future.
• Riffle reported that a special meeting is being planned to discuss procedures for the upcoming municipal election in June.
• Riffle reported that council will need to have a 2009-2010 budget meeting scheduled between March 1 and 28.
• It was reported that council members approved 3-1 the purchase of an ATV with a snow blade during the recent winter storm. Councilman Mark Payne cast the opposing vote. Riffle said the ATV was and will be used to clean sidewalks and small roads in areas that the town is responsible for.
“I think (the ATV) is a good long-term investment for us because technically we are liable for the sidewalks and streets,” Riffle said.
• Council discussed the possibility of adding an officer from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department to patrol the town. Riffle said he discussed different options the town could utilize with Sheriff David Anthony. Council unanimously agreed to obtain more information.
• Councilwoman Terri Rymer asked if people who rent the town hall could be informed of policies regarding usage and cleanup. Riffle suggested having renters sign an agreement with their contact information as well as be given a list of responsibilities.
• The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, March 9.