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Worthington Council wants to make sure vote for legal; special meeting set for Friday

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Worthington Town Council will meet in special session at 5 p.m. on Friday to re-organize for the second time this year.

A reorganizational meeting was conducted Jan. 1 and veteran councilman Mackey Stahl was nominated and approved as the council president, according to clerk-treasurer Gloria Klass.

However, since the time of that meeting two council members -- Lena Johnson and new councilman Mike McCafferty -- have informed Klass they believe no formal vote was taken on Stahl's nomination.

To make things legal, the council decided -- on the advice of Town Attorney Jacob Fish -- that another reorganizational meeting was necessary.

Minutes from the meeting show that Stahl was nominated, but Klass doesn't recall if an actual vote was taken.

Klass explained. "I just had in my minutes that it was approved because I thought that it was because nobody said anything after the nomination. He was nominated and there was a second on it and I just thought it was approved ... I had in my minutes that it was approved."

Klass said she doesn't recall if an actual vote was taken. The meeting proceedings were not recorded so there is no way to be sure.

"We think that it (Stahl's nomination) was (approved). It happened almost a month ago and I can't say for sure. Two other people on the board (Ronda Lieske and Brent Sparks) thought that it was too, but two of them (McCafferty and Johnson) didn't think that it was," Klass explained.

Stahl said the election of officers will be the only thing on the agenda for Friday's special meeting.

"There seems to be a discrepancy when they nominated me for president of the board. One of the members says it wasn't voted on. I'm sure it was. Gloria had it in the minutes that it was passed. Anyway, our attorney said to go through the formality again," Stahl said.

Because of the discrepancy in the leadership of the council, a scheduled executive session by the council to discuss personnel on Tuesday night was canceled.

When asked about the subject of the personnel discussion, Stahl indicated that it involved the town's police department.

When asked to elaborate, Stahl replied, "I can't say right now. It wouldn't be fair to the person in the police department."

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