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07.15.06 -- BRIEFS: 'Crusty' code enforcement officer, Regretful board member resignation

Town Council refuses open letter asking for removal of code enforcement officer

Mayor Marsha Strange attempted to submit a letter given to her containing signatures of McIntosh residents asking the council to remove Art Davis as code enforcement officer. Council members refused to accept the letter because Davis was not present to defend himself.

Council member Jim Strange asked Mayor Marsha Strange if she would go with him to Marion County to see about passing the duties of code enforcement officer up the chain to the county level.

“If we’ve drawn first blood on this,” Jim Strange said. “Then dog-done it, let’s get a Band-aid.”

Code enforcement *Board Chairman Harris Fellman defended both Davis and the idea of proactive code enforcement. He said Davis assisted in the Pedro Molinas case. Molinas was mired in a legal battle with code enforcement board that was recently settled involving the placement of his carport-outbuilding. (*Edited to correct title - Fellman is the chairman not the officer.)

Frank Ciotti said the council was looking into the public’s concerns about Davis and would look into them for another 30 days. Residents addressed the council calling Davis “crusty” and saying he was capable of invoking animosity.

Joe Phillips asked Attorney Scott Walker if Davis had done anything illegal and Walker said no. Mayor Marsha Strange pointed out that his actions could have been unethical.

The open letter to the council is available at Sportsman’s Cove for further signatures.

Historic Preservation Board member resigns under great protest from council, residents

Beverly Dodder resigned from the Historic Preservation Board stating in a letter read by town clerk Julie Musselman that her ethical integrity was being questioned. Both council members and residents discussed concern over Dodder’s resignation.

Jim Strange called her a true southern lady.

"I sought her out to be part of the citizen board, she didn’t want to,” Strange said. “She has done a very, very credible job.”

Council member Frank Ciotti said during the special election Tuesday residents were rude to Dodder. He also expressed concern over seeing her name in the blog that evening.

“If I’m dying of cancer, I want that lady next to me,” he said. “She is the kindest, sweetest person and I refuse to accept her resignation.”

Tuesday, this reporter wrote an editorial about the special election because an historic preservation board member was manning the polls. At the council meeting, I addressed the issue of the blog coming up in this instance.

"Since you brought the blog, I did speak with her at the end of the day,” I said. “Someone had told me that she was crying. I asked her if that had anything to do with me. I thanked her for her 16 years of service with the voting. She and I had an amiable conversation. I told her I put something on the blog because I felt I should question an historic board member – no matter what historic board member – being the person manning the booth at a vote concerning the historic district. That seemed questionable. I went down to the office and spoke with Julie and I tried to be very fair to Beverly.”

At the polls Tuesday evening, while I was apologizing for upsetting her if I had in fact been the person to make her cry, Dodder offered me an apology because she couldn’t answer the question I asked at the polls that morning. I told her that frankly I respected her because she didn’t answer my question when she was there to check in voters.

The council did accept Dodder’s resignation with regret.

- CHER PHILLIPS

posted by Cher @ 7:42 PM,

4 Comments:

At   July 15, 2006 10:01 PM     ,    Blogger fisherwife    said...

In all fairness to you, how do you know the integrity of Beverly Dodder. We that know her could never believe that she would be anything but an upstanding citizen. Ethically, she did the right thing by stepping down. Given the vote, it wasn't necessary. Still, I appreciate the quandry over a historic board member taking the votes on an issue of great importance to the historic district. Beverly, you ARE truly a southern lady.

 
At   July 17, 2006 12:27 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Beverly couldn't BE a nicer person without having wings! However, I can understand how a new voter in town might have viewed her working at the polls and felt it strange she would be there since she had served on the historic board. I am 100% certain it never occurred to her she might cause any discomfort, and if she had thought of it, she would have removed herself from this election. She is such an honorable person. It's hard to see her hurting now, as she privately does so very much good in this community.

 
At   July 18, 2006 1:34 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

What a totally wonderful person is Beverly. She has the capacity and utilizes that in her involvement in "Friends of McIntosh" actually she takes care of the festival, but will not accept any credit for her efforts, wanting others to get the credit. Without her , what would the 1890's festival be??? We love you Bev and encourage to "hang in there". Just wished you had "thicker skin" so that you wouldn't get hurt or disappointed.
Some people just do not take other peoples feelings into consideration. We support you and offer to help any way we can. Your friends in "friends" as well.
Duane and Nellie Jones

 
At   July 20, 2006 3:09 AM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Nice idea with this site its better than most of the rubbish I come across.
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