Silt mayor faces recall effort
SILT A committee including Silt’s mayor pro tem, a town trustee, has filed a petition for the recall of Mayor Dave Moore.”It’s a fairly dramatic step that people don’t take on a whim,” said Tod Tibbetts. “There are sound reasons for us to take this step, and the people of Silt will have the option to decide if they want him [Moore] to remain as mayor.”Tibbetts cited Moore’s “insistence on promoting his personal agenda and his continued actions violating state statutes, town ordinance and code of conduct,” as reasons behind his decision to file the recall.”This isn’t a step I take lightly. I applaud the mayor for the positives he’s done for the community, but his primary responsibility is to follow the rules as a trustee,” Tibbetts said. “If elected trustees can’t follow the rules, they don’t deserve to sit in the position. We make the rules, and if we don’t follow them how can we expect citizens to follow them?”Moore was elected in April 2006, and his term doesn’t expire until April 2010. But Moore was unaware of the recall effort Tuesday.Another separate recall was filed with the town clerk on Thursday, July 19, according to Tibbetts, asking for a recall of Town Trustee Doug Williams as well. But that recall became a moot point when Williams resigned, by letter, at a town board meeting on Monday.”The main reason was family issues,” Williams said. “There are many underlying issues, but the main one is family.”Williams said that he has been considering leaving his position for a couple of months and the recall wasn’t a factor in his decision.”It’s a very unpleasant situation,” Williams said. “You can only take so much.”A meeting providing information to the public on the reasons behind the recall will take place at Silt’s Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday. The petition has a 60-day circulation for signatures and then is returned to Town Hall for validation. For the recall to proceed, the number of signatures on the petition must equal at least 25 percent of the total number of votes cast for the mayor in the previous election. If there is a sufficient number of signatures, the board will set a date and time for a recall election. That process can take anywhere from 30 to 60 days, according to Tibbetts.”Anybody that sits on the board is commended for their service,” Tibbetts said. “But when they don’t respect the laws that we have to abide by, that becomes detrimental to the community. I think in this case a recall has been brought forward and it will end up being better for the community.”
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