With the Ward 3 seat still vacant, the will give a second reading and final vote for an ordinance that will establish a procedure for creating a pool of applicants for vacancies at tonight's regular meeting.
. The mayor has stated repeatedly that he feels it is his responsibility to appoint an alderman for the vacant seat without input from the board, although he recognizes that the board must vote to accept the appointment.
Ward 1 Alderman to inform residents that vacancies exist and establish an application period.
The bill says that
The notice of vacancy shall state that the City Clerk will accept applications from all persons meeting the qualifications of the vacant office on a form aproved by the City for a period of ten (10) business days. On the tenth (10th) business day at five (5) o'clock PM the City Clerk shall stop accepting applications and shall forward all applications received to the Board, in the case of a vacancy in the office of Mayor, or to the Mayor, in the case of all other vacancies in elective office, for review and consideration in filling the vacancy.
At a special meeting held just before the regular board meeting on May 23, the mayor announced that Mike Hayes was his choice for the Ward 3 seat. The board voted to adjourn the meeting without approving the mayor's appointment.