Re­gard­ing the va­cant board po­si­tion

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - OPINION - From: David Allen Siloam Springs

I was dis­mayed at the most re­cent meet­ing of the board of direc­tors of the city of Siloam Springs. With an open seat now avail­able on the board (after Lu­cas Roe­buck had to re­sign upon his mov­ing to Texas), the city board must vote to fill the open po­si­tion. Up un­til last year, state law has al­ways been clear cut, in that an open po­si­tion can be filled by an ap­point­ment of the board if it is less than six months un­til a reg­u­lar elec­tion is al­ready sched­uled; but if it is more than six months, then a spe­cial elec­tion is held to fill the board seat. For some rea­son, the state changed the law that would al­low a board to choose whether to hold a spe­cial elec­tion or to ap­point some­one, no mat­ter the length of time left (at least that is how this board is in­ter­pret­ing it).

This open po­si­tion still has more than three years in its term. Some board mem­bers are ac­tu­ally want­ing to ap­point some­one, giv­ing the power to the mayor to come up with a com­mit­tee to find some­one to ap­point. Yes, I was shocked that any­one on our city board would want to cir­cum­vent the elec­tion process to fill a post that is an ELECTED PO­SI­TION, most es­pe­cially when not even one of the four years for this po­si­tion have passed. Their rea­son­ing is that pre­vi­ous elec­tions have, at times, only had one can­di­date. Well, that’s too bad. That is the way our sys­tem works. I have al­ready heard of two in­ter­ested par­ties for the job.

I don’t know why the board can­not ap­point some­one short-term to fill in, un­til the spe­cial elec­tion can­di­dates can be voted on. If you feel that a spe­cial elec­tion should be held to fill this open seat on the board, let the board mem­bers, mayor, or city ad­min­is­tra­tor know about it. You can reach them through City Hall at 524-5136, or the city’s web­site has their email ad­dresses at www. siloam­springs.com. You can also find the city’s Face­book page and com­mu­ni­cate on it as well, about any con­cern you have.

My con­cern is for the fu­ture of our amaz­ing city, and my love for it. If you love Siloam Springs too, please con­sider com­ing to the board meet­ings, on the first and third Tues­day of ev­ery month, at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, and voic­ing your thoughts. The next meet­ing will be Sept. 5, and this topic will be ad­dressed and voted on.

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