Mayor Art Ward said he doesn't want to talk about the resignations of two city lawyers. He said he needs to talk over the issue with the city's personnel director.
But city Councilor Craig Minor said the council needs to talk about it tonight -- behinc closed doors. Hmmm...
"We have to do a lot of talking," city Councilor Cliff Block said.
"We need to sit down and find out what's happening," city Councilor Ken Cockayne said.
Block said he thinks the mayor's failure to fill the vacancy in the attorney's office contributed to the problem there because it burdened the four lawyers with too much work.
Ward said he might consider replacing the two part-timers with another full-time attorney.
The mayor also said that given the state of the economy, it may be possible to hire two new part-time lawyers to take the place of Clift and Steeg "that are no clamoring for benefits.".
So far, the council meeting has consisted only of the Youth Recognition Awards, which I'll try to write about later in the week. There are, of course, some busy and wonderful teens in town, including those recognized here.
Ward said he sees many of these types of awards for youth. "If you don't have confidence in the youth of our community, then you haven't been there" to see the many talented young people in town, the mayor said.
He said that he has great faith in the future leadership skills of the city's students.
They almost have to be better than what we've had, right? ;)
We'll see what happens as the meeting unfolds. Everybody's here except city Councilor Frank Nicastro, who is also a state representative. The state House is in session this evening so Nicastro told me he may have to miss his first City Council meeting.
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