Manchester panel fails again to pick councilman Town Council vote deadlocks for sixth time

November 10, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The Manchester Town Council, which has split 2-2 in five recent votes for a replacement for Councilman John A. Riley, was again unable last night to agree on his successor.

Last night's deadlocked vote was the sixth in three consecutive meetings.

When it came time to vote on the council vacancy, Mayor Earl A.J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. said, "It's time for our bimonthly council member election."

Councilwoman Charlotte Collett again nominated Robin Yingling for the position. Councilman Robert Kolodziejski seconded the nomination.

Councilwoman Kathryn Riley and Councilman Douglas Myers voted against the nominee.

Mr. Myers asked if it would be possible to amend the town's charter to allow a special election.

Mayor Warehime said such an amendment would require a vote, advertisement in newspapers and a waiting period to become effective.

Town Manager Terry Short said the town attorney is researching the legality of such a charter amendment, but has recommended against it because it is the council's duty to fill council vacancies.

Mr. Short said he would ask the attorney to check whether it is legal for candidates for the vacancy to be interviewed by the council in executive session.

The council also split 2-2 last night in a vote on new water and sewer rates. Further discussion of the water and sewer rate structure was postponed until the Nov. 23 council meeting.

Before the regular council meeting, the council conducted a public hearing on the proposed relocation of part of Bachman Road through the proposed Blevins Claim subdivision.

After the hearing, the council approved the relocation with a cul-de- sac to be installed at what is now the second sharp bend in Bachman Road west of Route 30.

The vote was 3-1, with Mrs. Collett voting against. She supported installing a T-shaped turnaround instead of a cul-de-sac.

Plans for the proposed Blevins Claim development call for Holland Drive to be extended west to meet with a new street that will connect Route 27 with upper Bachman Road.

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