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Friday, December 13, 2013

Ligonier Borough votes will be subjected to a review.

The legality of two recent Ligonier council votes might receive a second look after concerns were raised at Thursday's meeting.
Council member Jim McDonnell stated at the start of the meeting that he believes the vote taken regarding Kim Shaffer's resignation at the Nov. 14 meeting did not comply with Robert's Rules of Order as Shaffer did not need council's consent to withdraw her resignation after she submitted it in October because President Robert Helterbran had not yet asked council for a vote on it. McDonnell said that according to Robert's Rules of Order, one must have council's consent to withdraw a resignation if it has been placed before the board for its approval. The October meeting was adjourned without council's taking a vote on her resignation.
After council voted to approve Shaffer's resignation Nov. 14, Shaffer stated she had planned to withdraw it after the Pledge of Allegiance that evening.
McDonnell said the vote to reconsider the Ligonier Valley YMCA's zoning requests did not comply with the rules either because the motion to reconsider was not made by a council member who was on the prevailing side of the original vote. The original vote was 4-3 against the Y's requests. Council member Tom Freeman, who previously voted in favor of the Y's requests, had made the motion to reconsider during the Nov. 14 meeting.

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