Regarding the vacant board position
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.