2009-01-17 / News

Two council members resign

By Scott Rawdon

KIRKERSVILLE - Two members of the Kirkersville Village Council and the chair of the village zoning commission resigned Jan. 7.

Council member and former Kirkersville mayor Bennie Evans, council member Jamie Cloud, and zoning chair and police photographer Mike Cloud tendered their resignations. Jamie Cloud's first term began June 2005 and Evans' began Jan. 2000.

Jamie Cloud's resignation letter simply stated, "It is with regrets that I need to resign my position on village council. This is effective as of 1/6/09." Mike Cloud's said, "I Mike Cloud am resigning my commission on zoning commission as of 1/13/09." Mayor Terry Ashcraft said Evans called him to tell him he was resigning for "personal and family reasons" and would turn in his key to the village office and deliver a written resignation. As of Wednesday, the written resignation was not yet available.

Ashcraft said Wednesday he's already received interest in the open council seats and he will appoint a person to fill Mike Cloud's position. Council will appoint the new council members unless they cannot reach a decision within 30 days of the resignations. The mayor appoints replacement council members after 30 days.

Former council member Debbie Seymour sees the resignations as an opportunity for the village, saying she was "thrilled." She added, "I'm going to be digging things up again." She hopes the remaining council members and who ever fills the vacant seats will be able to work together. "I do intend to be vocal," said Seymour.

In other council news:

• The village will reimburse $674 to a person who was arrested in May or June 2008. Village clerk Juanetta Metheny said $674 was confiscated from the person at the time of arrest. The person served time, but then discovered the $674 was missing from the evidence room when the person wanted to claim it. Ashcraft said $63 was also missing from the evidence room, although it was returned. Current Police Chief Jim Petrey, who was hired Aug. 20, is investigating the incidents.

• Metheny discovered the village sent an extra $4,700 payment to John Kinder, who "takes care of the village's sewer plant," she said. "I got back half my salary." Metheny, who began her position Nov. 2008, said Kinder hadn't deposited the check and returned it when the error was discovered. She said the village paid him in advance of services. "We won't do that anymore," she said.

Seymour she appreciated Metheny's work. During the Jan. 7 council meeting former Kirkersville council member and Buckeye Lake resident Bonnie Mansfield asked former clerk Johnny Adkins why the extra payment was sent. Adkins said there was simple explanation but he refused to comment in open session because he said Mansfield would just write about it in a Beacon letter to the editor.

• Council members will consider changing the village's twohour parking limits at village parking spaces, unless the parking space is very near a business. The two-hour limit makes it difficult for people who live downtown to park close to home. Ashcraft said there are problems in general with downtown parking. The council would look into the signs and decide what to do, possibly during a special council meeting.

• Ashcraft said he still hasn't made contact with former Police Chief Robert Chamberlain who, when he resigned May 14, took with him his personnel file and DVDs he claimed were his. Ashcraft said previously that the DVDs mainly contain video of traffic stops, although he wasn't completely certain. He is certain, however, that the material is village property. Petrey is still trying to contact Chamberlain. Seymour said she believed Chamberlain did something similar when he left a position in Chauncey, Ohio, although she had no direct proof of the claim during the Jan. 7 meeting.

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