Citizens speak out against councilman resignation
LANCASTER - Citizens braved the cold air and snowy patches of road to voice their opinion on District 2 Councilman Todd Love’s resignation at the first council meeting of the year, Monday, Jan. 10.
Love, cited “personal reasons” will prevent him to continue his seat.
Love had been under critical heat from a recent article published in The Ellis County Press according to city insiders who wish to remain anonymous.
The article featured Love admitting he took an all expense paid hunting trip, worth more than $5,000, at the Ghost Apache Ranch in Cotulla, Texas from Allied Waste (Republic).
A company he voted in favor for to serve as the city’s waste collector three weeks after the trip.
“I remember us talking about the vote and how well it went,” said Love in a previous interview confused to when the trip was taken.
Members from his district expressed the loss of their councilmember as if Love was a part of their own family.
“I have talked to no one who does not believe that Todd is the best city councilman our district has ever had,” said Vernon Scott, resident of District 2 for more than 30 years.
“We are saddened and distressed that he will no longer represent us.”
Resident Sally Perks thanks the good that he has done, but also feels that the city of Lancaster, in moving forward, needs to uphold some kind of professional integrity.
“I feel any council member needs to be accountable of their actions,” said Perks.
The council unanimously accepted Love’s resignation.
Constitutional law requires the election to fill the vacancy left by Love’s resignation be helf within 120 days after the vacancy occurs.
City Attorney Bob Hager has indicated holding an election for this vacancy on Saturday, May 14 is sufficient to meet the necessary legal requirements according to documents obtained from the city of Lancaster.
In other news, after a 3-3 tie the first roll call, council voted for Abe Cooper, a retired teacher, to serve as an alternate for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board/Lancaster Recreational Development Corporation Board.