Appointed to the Luther Town Board only a month ago, Chelsea House’s resignation from the governing body is on the agenda for Wednesday evening’s Special Town Board Meeting.
An opportunity for her young family to move to a new home that is closer to work, but outside of Luther, presented itself suddenly, said House. She was the only one who applied when a call was made to fulfill the unexpired term of former Trustee Paxton Cavin who resigned in June because she also moved away from Luther.
The town is governed by a five-member board elected by registered voters within Town limits. The mayor is elected from within the five trustees, and each trustee oversees a portion of town governance: fire, police, public works, office and planning. They meet the second Tuesday of each month, have a Special Planning Meeting most months, and occasional special meetings. At last night’s regular meeting, the trustees considered items including calling for bids on renovations to the future town hall (former bank building on Main Street) and police department and hiring a part-time code enforcement officer. The same trustees also serve as the Luther Public Works Authority and address issues involving town water, sewer, maintenance and other infrastructure items.
The current board members include Jenni White, mayor, Trandy Langston, vice mayor, Brian Hall and Jeff Schwarzmeier.
In other agenda items for the September 11, 2019, Special Meeting, the town board is slated to meet in executive session on two items:
PROPOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION: Consideration and possible action to enter into executive session for confidential communication with legal counsel regarding an Open Records Request submitted by the Institute for Justice regarding Municipal Court, possible claims and/or litigation and an investigation involving the request and concerns expressed by the Institute for Justice, on advice of legal counsel that public disclosure would seriously impair the ability of the Board of Trustees to process the pending investigation and any potential claims or litigation in the public interest as authorized by 25 O.S. Section 307(B)(4).
PROPOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION: Consideration and possible action to enter into executive session for confidential communication with legal counsel regarding an investigation and the results of an investigation into allegations of falsification of payroll records, on advice of legal counsel that public disclosure would seriously impair the ability of the Board of Trustees to process the pending investigation and any potential claims in the public interest as authorized by 25 O.S. Section 307(B)(4).
It is expected that the Town Board will call for applications for a new trustee to appoint within 60 days of House’s resignation in lieu of calling for a special election. In the past, the board has interviewed candidates during the open meeting.