Votes to Make Committee Changes, Pay Bills.
By N3 News Team
Nearly 30 citizens filled the meeting room on Monday May 20th as Hesperia’s Village Council, or at least a quorum of 4 who attended the meeting, voted to pay bills, authorize changes in employee salaries, and remove Council Member Gerald W. Derks Jr. from the chair position on 3 committees including the Finance Committee. The Council voted in Joyce McDonald to fill two of those spots and Carol Kochans to the other. Derks was one of three council members who were not present at the meeting along with Mike Maynard and Kristin DanBesten.
During public comment those in attendance spoke to the council with concerns over the lack of action on approving the medical marijuana facility previously approved. and questioned why the council members who had not been attending have not been removed.
Village President Mike Farber explained the only two ways a Council Member can be replaced are a removal order by the Governor or a successful recall vote.
He also stated the Medical Marijuana issue would be on the agenda for a vote at the next meeting.
Council members Derks and Maynard have not attended since March 11 missing the last 8 meetings according to records obtained from the Village. Special meetings April 15 and 22 and the meeting for May 6th did not see a quorum as Council members Kochans and DanBesten also did not attend. Kochans notified the Village office she would not be available on each of those days and DanBesten called in to say she would miss the meeting on May 6th.
Kochan’s presence allowed for a quorum for the first time since April 8 leading to the action taken by the board to pay bills that were soon to incur late fees. Derks also missed the last two Finance Committee meetings according to the attendance records.
Council President Farber also introduced new Police Chief Lou Herremans.
The next Village Council meeting will be June 10th at 7:30pm.