Judge's ruling gets Hesperia new Council members, much needed quorum.
The Village of Hesperia has been at a virtual standstill for nearly a year. Last May council member Carol Kochans who had not recently been present, joined the three regular attendees including members Jim Smith and Joyce McDonald and Village President Mike Farber to form the first quorum in months in order to pay bills.
Kochans submitted a letter of resignation the following day. Kristen DanBesten resigned in May and fellow VC Member Gerald Derks Jr. who had not attended since March 11 2019 resigned in July leaving three on the 7 member board attending meetings since the only other VC member, Mike Maynard, continued to not attend.
And thus, no quorum.
Last week the Hon. Robert D. Springstead ruled that the resignations of DanBesten, Derks, and Kochans were valid when they were submitted.DanBesten also moved out of the village making her ineligible to hold a council seat.Though Derks and Kochans recently tried to rescind their resignations it was ruled that this made no difference and they were also off the Council.
Michael Maynard who has not attended in a year will retain his council seat.
Three new members were appointed to the council as Jackie Slocum, Dan Herin and Sara Walker now fill the once vacant seats and the Village of Hesperia once again numbers 7.
“The individuals we chose have been attending the meetings and have been involved in the village,” said Farber. “Now we can get back to getting things done beginning next Thursday when we will have a hearing on the budget”
And Hesperia is back in business.