Possible subpoenas for absent councilors

Town of Cleveland

Cleveland Town Council called a special meeting last Thursday, just three days following the scheduled meeting held April 11.

Present for the special session were Mayor Larry Longshore and council members Mike Evans, Kandy Little and David Grigsby.

Evans moved to subpoena councilmen Doug Hill and Glenn Puckett to appear for the next town council meeting. Hill and Puckett have been absent from the last two council meetings for reasons unknown.

Their absence follows the resignation and subsequent return of Mayor Longshore. His resignation was rescinded the week after it was made and his mayoral position reinstated. This musical chairs episode of town leaders follows the ongoing controversy of park board superin- tendent Wayne Owens. Whether Owens resigned or was released from his position with the water board is a matter of opinion; there is still continuous questioning from Cleveland residents concerning Owens’s reinstatement as well as a $4000 settlement he received from the town in an effort to avoid litigation.

As previously reported, the attending council voted to reserve two part-time police officers. In other business concerning the police department, a decision has yet to be made regarding the purchase of a new police vehicle.

The council also went into executive session to discuss vacation and holiday pay for an unnamed parttime employee. The results of the session have not been released.

The next council meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. because of the Memorial Day holiday on May 25.