Council action mired by resignations, attendance issues
The drama surrounding the Village Council continues to unfold in Hesperia where two council members, Carol Kochans and Kristi DanBesten have submitted resignations, however an ongoing issue may put a snag into their departures for now.
As we reported last week getting a quorum of elected officials to the table has not been easy of late for the village that straddles two counties and maintains a population of some 930 or so residents.
The 7 member board requires at least 4 members be in attendance to make the meeting and subsequent voting valid. Council Members Gerald Derks Jr. and Mike Maynard have not attended any meetings since March 11 and with the resignations of Kochans and DanBesten looming just getting the necessary numbers might prove to be a challenge for the next scheduled meeting on June 10th.
And as for those resignations, they cannot be accepted without a quorum thus, should Maynard and Derks continue to refrain from attending, DanBesten and Kochans may need to be present if only to allow a vote on the acceptance of their demissions.
The previous meeting on May 20 saw actions taken to ensure payment of the village bills and forestall shutoff notices according to Village President Mike Farber.
“There are things that need to be done. Issues that need to be voted on if we are to begin moving forward,” he stated.
Those issues include the hiring of an attorney, resolving some ongoing issues with water bills and voting on the final approval for a medical marijuana facility in the village. Farber said these items will be on the agenda for the June 10th meeting as well as the pending resignations of DanBesten and Kochans.
And if there is once again no quorum?
“I guess we will see what happens,” said Farber.
Note: Farber and Council Members Jim Smith and Joyce McDonald have attended all scheduled and special meetings held since beginning their current term of office in December of 2018.