I have been made aware of a petition to be circulated to recall me as mayor. I am taking this opportunity to answer the grounds alleged against me listed for recall.
1. Wasting government resources. Had the petitioners ever attended any council meetings other than marijuana hearings they would know:
A. At the beginning of my position I elected only to vote in the event of a tie at council meetings.
B. There has never been a tie.
C. I have never voted in my position as mayor. To allege I am wasting government resources would require me to have voted for or against spending, utilizing or misusing government resources.
2. Misrepresentedboard positions. Had petitioners attended the meetings on the North Fork Alternative Plan they would know:
A. The council voted to protect the source water, sewer lagoons and school of the town.
B. The council vote did not include a letter supporting the entire North Fork Alternative Plan.
C. The council's vote included a letter to the BLM, not a letter to Citizens for a Healthy Community, supporting the North Fork Alternative Plan. The letter to the BLM supported protection for our wastewater system, school and source water infrastructure.
D. If the council believed they were misrepresented they would have asked for a retraction or correction to my letter in the DCI and they did not.
3. Conducted board meetings in an inappropriate manner. The following are mandated requirements of my position from Robert's Rules of Order:
A. Enforce procedural rules pertaining to debate, order and decorum which may limit the time someone has the floor.
B. Expedite business within procedural guidelines adopted by the body.
C. Decide all questions of order.
Sometimes these requirements may be unpopular or seem impolite but it is my duty to keep meetings moving forward to accomplish the work set out before the council. There are three appropriate times for the public to address council — on the agenda itself, during public agenda items or at non-agenda item. It is a common mistaken belief that the public can address the council any time, for however long they want, whenever they want.
Town of Crawford