Fox­worth re­fuses to sit in ex­ec­u­tive session

The Covington News - - Local news - By A.J. Archer ajarcher@cov­news.com

The City of Por­terdale met in ex­ec­u­tive session Tues­day, but with­out Mayor Pro Tem Robert Fox­worth.

Fox­worth ob­jected to the closed session, which was held to dis­cuss what to do with ap­pli­ca­tions for the open po­si­tions of judge and so­lic­i­tor. He be­lieved no one in the room was qual­i­fied to dis­cuss the ap­pli­ca­tions and walked out be­fore it was held.

The ex­ec­u­tive session yielded two mo­tions that were ap­proved.

The first was to es­tab­lish a com­mit­tee to re­view the ap­pli­ca­tions. The com­mit­tee will in­clude Mayor Bobby Hamby, City At­tor­ney Tim Cham­bers, Coun­cil­woman Ar­line Chap­man, City Man­ager Bob Thom­son and Po­lice Chief Geoff Jacobs.

The sec­ond mo­tion was to au­tho­rize Thom­son to move the dead­line for sub­mit­ting re­quests for qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the two po­si­tions from July 31 to July 15.

Ear­lier in the work session, Fox­worth be- came dis­pleased dur­ing the dis­cus­sions for the 2011 bud­get de­ci­sion when some coun­cil mem­bers found the util­ity bills for the vol­un­teer fire depart­ment to be in ex­cess.

Chap­man said she has seen Face­book up­dates where fire­fight­ers are us­ing the kitchen — which at­tributes to the higher util­ity bills — and that the air con­di­tion­ing runs at all times, even with doors open and no per­sons in the build­ing, lead­ing her to be­lieve they are pay­ing to “ air con­di­tion the drive­way.”

Coun­cil­woman Linda Fin­ger agreed with Chap­man.

Fox­worth said no other coun­cil mem­bers have gone up to the de­part- ment to see what they ac­com­plish there and they [ coun­cil mem­bers] do not un­der­stand what they are talk­ing about.

Fin­ger told Fox­worth she was “ tired of his smart mouth” to which he replied he did not care what she was tired of.

Hamby called them to or­der and the meet­ing con­tin­ued.

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