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Board reverses Richard Meadows appointment

Posted: Friday, May 3rd, 2013

CLINTON — Two weeks after voting to not reappoint Richard Meadows to the Kenney Fire Protection District board, the DeWitt County Board returned to vote again on the matter Thursday, this time reappointing Meadows as a trustee to the fire district.

Originally, appointments to the fire district board, including Meadows’, were tabled. Meadows’ appointment then reappeared on the county board’s April 18 agenda. Board chairman Sherrie Brown told board members she had placed the appointment back onto the agenda.

When the vote came during that meeting, county board member Terry Hoffman said he was voting against Meadow’s reappointment after talking to some Kenney residents. Hoffman told Meadows his vote was not personal and said he would tell Meadows his reasons for voting no after the meeting.

Five county board members voted against Meadows, and his reappointment to the fire district board failed. After the vote, Meadows asked board members to give specific reasons they voted against him.

Hoffman hesitated and then made an indirect reference to age. Many attending the meeting felt Hoffman was telling Meadows he voted against his reappointment because he was too old.

None of the other four members to vote against the reappointment offered any reasons for their votes.

As a “restoratory motion,” county board members had the opportunity on Thursday to again vote on Meadows’ reappointment. A restoratory motion, under the Dementer’s Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure or a “restorative motion” according to Robert’s Rules of Order, members may reconsider a motion on which they have already voted.

In support of Meadows, county board member Dan Ballenger presented the board with a letter from a Clinton bank president endorsing Meadows and a letter from Meadows’ physician stating Meadows could perform the job of trustee, “without any restrictions.” Ballenger said also that Meadows had the support of Kenney firefighters.

This time, the board approved Meadows’ appointment by a 9-2 vote. Brown and George Wissmiller still voted no.

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