Though the city of Danielsville currently has only three council members, with one serving as mayor pro tem, the council can continue to conduct business for the time being, according to city attorney Dale Perry.
Perry said that though council member Junne Temple is serving as mayor pro tem, he has found nothing “that indicates that the mayor pro tem loses her vote while presiding (as mayor), or for that matter, doesn’t lose her vote.”
“Therefore, unless I find something different, I anticipate taking the position that she can vote,” Perry said.
The question of whether or not the city can conduct business came about because Danielsville’s city code calls for the mayor to be a non-voting member, except when needed to break a tie.
Since Temple is serving as “acting mayor,” Perry feels this does not remove her from regular voting.
He also feels this leaves the council with the power to appoint a new member to replace Janice Merk, who resigned abruptly last week, citing an “improper vote” and an “illegal meeting” as her reasons for leaving the council.
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