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“As for the contract with Mr. Selby (the workman expected to do the work on the screen) and the insurance check,”she said,
“I am not saying that I am not willing to sign the check; I am saying that pursuant to 3.21 of the city charter, I am charged with upholding the laws of the state and as they apply to the city.”One part of the issue the mayor wanted to investigate was the damage to the screen. Currently, the proof of loss is wind. Whitener, though, does not believe that the damage was caused entirely by wind. As such, she said she is having the Insurance Commissioner investigate the cause of loss. Once she receives information back from the Insurance Commissioner, she said she will revisit the issue.
“I am here, I am the presiding officer,”she said,
“(and) I am physically present.”
“declare the mayor absent in the signing and (to) allow Wayne (Huffman), as mayor pro tem, to sign the contract with Jerry Selby so we can fix the screen process and also so we (the city) can sign the check form the insurance company as well as the dispersement payments to Jerry Selby to finish the screen.”Initially, three council members voted to approve the motion. Following the motion, however, Huffman seemed uncertain as to what he was voting for. Getting up from her chair and walking over to Huffman, Whitener asked the mayor pro tem if he knew what he was voting for. Huffman implied that he did not know. Whitener then gently explained to Huffman that the council made a motion to vote the mayor absent. Subsequently, Huffman changed his vote, leaving only Eaton and Rodney Kendall voting for the motion, all else against.