Created on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 Written by REUBEN MEES
The tension at Belle Center Village Council rose once again at Tuesday’s monthly meeting as Mayor Rhonda Fulmer brought a handout of information from the Ohio Ethics Commission in response to an issue that came before council during the August meeting.
Specifically, Mayor Fulmer questioned whether Dustin Plikerd, council’s president pro tempore, should be able to take part in a discussion whether a tree stump should be removed from in front of his father’s property at village expense. Councilwoman Garnet Roebuck is the aunt of the property owner and was included in the mayor’s discussion of the issues.
The document Mayor Fulmer brought stated that village council members should not take part in discussions or voting when the issue involves a small piece of property, but they should be permitted to take part if the issue is a broader one that affects the community.
The tree stump to be removed is located on a village boulevard adjacent to the Jeff Plikerd property and was left behind after the village received a grant to remove ash trees potentially infested with the emerald ash borer. The property owner objected to the removal of the live tree, but it was taken down regardless.
Dustin Plikerd spoke out at August’s meeting stating that the village should rectify the situation by removing the stump.
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