Council member advised to resign in Russellville
In a surprising turn at Russellville's recent town council meeting, town council member Cathy Jones told those present that she had been advised to resign from her position.
The reason for Jones' advisement to step down is she holds two positions that are considered lucrative, one being on the town council and the other being part of the Little Raccoon Sewer Board.
Russellville town attorney Jim Ensley advised Jones to resign because she could be in violation for holding dual offices.
Indiana law holds that government officials cannot hold dual lucrative office positions.
In the dual office holding guide for Indiana it states that: "The holding of two lucrative offices may result in the constitutional violation commonly referred to as 'dual office holding'. Further, even if serving in two positions does not result in a constitutional dual office violation, it may violate the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers, create a conflict of interest or public policy concern, or be prohibited by another federal, state or local law."
Jones was also advised by sewer board attorney Patricia Sosbe that she was not in violation, Jones has not stepped down as of yet.
"For me the call to serve our community is a strong one," Jones stated. "I intend to serve the community to the best of my knowledge. Not for money, power of fame; but for the friends of Russelville who elected me."
In other business:
* Russellville Water Superintendent Mike Varvel let the council know that the water tower is up an running and everything was going smoothly.
* The community center roof leak has been fixed.
* The council has voted to allow a community member to take some of the scrap that is behind the community center. With the stipulations that a list of what is scrapped is given to the council and that the underage youth has a release signed by the parents.
* Russellville Street Superintendent Jim McAffe let the council know that replacing the snowplow would cost about $4,700. President Don Reddish suggested tabling discussion on replacement for the next few months.