Skip to content

Remaining Kampsville board members discuss vacancies

Angie Suhling, former village clerk, addresses the Kampsville Board of Trustees during their special meeting last Thursday evening. (Carissa Sitki/Calhoun News-Herald)

The Kampsville Board of Trustees held an emergency special board meeting last Thursday evening, Oct. 20, to begin discussing the recent vacancies on the board and public offices as well as to make decisions regarding future leadership. Pictured from left to right: Trustees Jennifer Roth, Dennis Johnson, William Agney, Amanda Johnson, and Village Attorney Allen Yow. Carissa Sitki/Calhoun News-Herald)

By Carissa Sitki

The Kampsville Board of Trustees held an emergency special board meeting last Thursday evening, Oct. 20, to begin discussing the recent vacancies on the board and public offices as well as to make decisions regarding future leadership.
Last week, the Village of Kampsville received the resignations of Mayor Wade Gibson, Village Clerk Jodi Becker, Village Treasurer Pat Gottway, and Board of Trustees Member Rob Parmenter, all on Monday afternoon, Oct. 17. Gibson and Parmenter’s resignations were effective immediately, while Becker and Gottway’s took effect on Friday, Oct. 21.
Trustees William Agney, Amanda Johnson, Dennis Johnson, and Jennifer Roth remain on the board.
The abrupt nature of the resignations and the cancellation of the board meeting that was supposed to be held last Monday, led the remaining board members to schedule the special board meeting.
First on the agenda was to appoint a temporary chairman which was Amanda Johnson and a pro tem recording secretary which was Jennifer Roth. Next, the board approved the resignations of Village officers, Gibson, Becker, Gottway, and Parmenter.
The board then went into a lengthy closed session to discuss matters pertaining to appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the village and to discuss the selection of persons to fill public offices including vacancies in public offices.
Upon the meeting’s return to open session, the board approved Amanda Johnson as acting village president. Appointments of a village clerk, village treasurer, new trustees (two vacancies) were all tabled until the Monday, Nov. 7 meeting.
Additionally, Amanda Johnson and Roth were authorized to assist with bookkeeping and financial duties. Also tabled until Nov. 7 was the approval of new signatories on village accounts and discussion and possible action regarding the mailing of monthly water bills.
Finally, the board heard comments from the floor. The first to speak was Angie Suhling, who served as village clerk for 6 years. She asked that the board members go over the village ordinances to “better represent me and the community.”
“You need to read your ordinance books from top to bottom and make sure you know what that ordinance means,” said Suhling. “Also, on pages 37 to 39 in your ordinance book, that tells what compliances you need to be an officer of the Village of Kampsville. You need to make sure you comply and I’d like proof of that at the next meeting because you’re representing me.”
Suhling went on to emphasize her frustrations with the board, stating that she feels the representation needs to be more focused on the community.
“You’re here to represent us, we are a community,” said Suhling. “You’re not ‘you,’ you’re ‘us’ and you guys have been ‘you’ too long. I’m tired of the backstabbing”
Suhling said that she is putting together a petition for the Calhoun County Board to take over Kampsville as a community. Suhling also said that if the county doesn’t take over Kampsville, she plans to run for mayor.
“We’re a small community, we’re supposed to take care of each other,” she said.
Last to speak was Marcia Agney of Light Up Kampsville who presented the Village of Kampsville with the first “lending library” which was purchased with funds raised through t-shirts she made. A lending library is a small receptacle filled with books and people can either take a book or leave a book. The lending library has not yet been set up, but will be put up soon, “hopefully by the park, for the kids,” said Marcia Agney.
The Light Up Kampsville Facebook page is no longer active, but the committee members said that they plan to remain active within the community and other events.
The Kampsville Village Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet again on Monday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 240 W. Oak St.

 

Leave a Comment