Clearfield Boro wants Kavelak to resign|
Friday, April 19, 2013
By Tyler Kolesar Staff Writer
Council decided to send a letter asking one of their own to resign during last night's Clearfield Borough Council meeting. Council member Fred Wisor said that he would like to see the borough send a letter to council member Patricia Kavelak asking for her resignation "for failure to attend council meetings." Currently, Kavelak is not in the borough, as she is in Florida due to her job.
Wisor said it makes it hard to have committee meetings when Kavelak is not present, as there are only four people on a respective committee.
"If one other person misses (other than Kavelak), you can't do any business," said Wisor. "She hasn't been here this year. She hasn't made a meeting. It's been four months and she hasn't made one meeting."
Since the issue was brought up at the most recent committee meetings, Kavelak sent an e-mail to Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott (as well as other council members, officials and media) stating that she would not be resigning because the borough has not made an effort to allow her in on meetings via a type of telecommunication device (such as phone, computer, etc.), which she can legally do. The e-mail states "If all options provided by the Pennsylvania Borough Code were available to me and I remained absent I would agree with the proposed request and resign." Kavelak's e-mail also says she is away at no fault of her own as she is working out of town.
Council member James Kling agreed with Wisor, stating Kavelak was elected to represent the town's third ward.
"I read her letter," said Kling. "I understand her stance. But she is not considering that she was elected. She was elected to represent the constituents of her ward. I have no idea how they communicate back and forth from any issues they have in the third ward."
Kling said he imagines there are issues currently going on in the third ward, but the public only has fellow third ward representative and council member Tim Winters.
Stott said earlier in the year Kavelak had asked to be at council meetings via Skype. However, Stott said Clearfield Revitalization Corp. meetings in which Kavelak has been there through Skype have been "intermittent at best." Stott said she does not feel that the technology exists in council quarters that would allow Kavelak to take part.
Wisor asked Stott whether or not Kavelak had refused pay from the monthly meetings, to which Stott said she had not refused.
"I'm not saying that she's a bad council person," said Kling. "But she is a bad representative of her people because she is not here representing them."
A motion was then unanimously passed by a 5-0 vote to request Kavelak to resign. Voting yes were President Wade Cowder, Kling, Wisor, Brian Lytle and Richard Stewart. Winters and Dave Gallaher were absent.
In other news:
• council hired Lance Thompson as a Part-Time Patrol Officer.
• Chief of Police Vincent McGinnis said they will be hosting a SWAT training school the first week of May, with more information available at a later date.
• a discussion was held about one resident wanting to close an alley to obtain the land to build a two-car garage. Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack said it is borough code that when closing an alley, the land would be split evenly amongst adjacent properties. Wisor said he feared giving it to one person wouldn't be right. Kling told council that Mack received two letters from the adjacent property owners stating they do not want to take over a portion of their allotted space. A motion then passed 4-1 to allow the person to take over the entire alley, with Wisor casting the lone dissenting vote.
• Mayor James Schell reminded citizens to slow down when traveling through town. Schell said they have had a lot of "excessive speeding."