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Worthington Town Council meets briefly to finish electing Stahl as president

Friday, January 25, 2013

WORTHINGTON ---- It didn't take long to get a vote for Worthington Town Council president done right this time.

In a special meeting that lasted less than five minutes on Friday evening, Mackey Stahl was unanimously elected as president of the town council for the 2013 calendar year.

The majority of the five member council thought Stahl was elected president at a reorganizational meeting conducted on the morning of Jan. 1.

However, later two council members -- Lena Johnson and Mike McCafferty -- informed the clerk-treasurer Gloria Klass that they didn't think the vote was done legal because no actual call for a vote was done.

A motion was made by Ronda Lieske and seconded by Brett Sparks to elect Stahl as president in the first meeting of the year. Klass said she assumed it was passed because no one said anything and the meeting proceeded.

On the advice from town attorney Jacob Fish, the council decided it was proper and prudent to go ahead and schedule a new organizational meeting and conduct a vote.

That meeting took place Friday night.

In opening remarks, Stahl said, "Councilman Mike McCafferty and Councilwoman Lena Johnson challenged voting for the the president of the council. We will now do a correction on that."

There was no need for a motion or a second, because that had already been done at the Jan. 1 meeting.

Instead, Fish told the council to simply to conduct a vote.

"The motion and the second were already made (at the other meeting), I don't think there is a question about that," Fish commented.

The vote resulted in a 5-0 affirmation of Stahl's nomination.

There was no other business on the agenda.

However, the council did go into an executive session to conduct personnel matters, which have to do with the police department, Stahl earlier told the Greene County Daily World.

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I wish our Bloomfield Council was as level headed as W'Town. Bloomfield Police needs a better council.

-- Posted by vbfd949 on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 6:19 PM

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