Carey council meeting canceled; next meeting July 21

CAREY — The June 30 special Carey Council meeting to name a replacement for former Councilman John Green has been canceled, according to Carey fiscal officer Jeni Fletcher. The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 21.

The meeting was canceled because four council members will be available to vote for a new council member, and Mayor Steve Smalley will be absent and unable to break a tie vote.

Linda Kin, whose son Chad is on council, is seeking to fill the vacancy to complete a four-year term through December 2015. So, Chad Kin will abstain from voting, according to a determination by Carey Law Director Robert Maison.

That leaves four council members to decide the matter, which could result in a tie vote and require Smalley to make the selection. Lois Kurtz has also expressed an interest in filling the vacancy.

State law allows the mayor to select a council replacement, if council does not act 30 days after the vacancy is effective. Green’s resignation was effective May 31. But the mayor and council have agreed to wait for the July meeting to select the replacement.

Anyone interested in being considered for the vacancy can contact Dixie Risser, executive secretary, in the village’s administrative offices, second floor of the municipal building, or call 419-396-7681 prior to July 21.

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