The Town of Frankford held a “special emergency meeting” on Saturday, Sept. 5.
According to Delaware Code Chapter 100, §10004(e)(1), an emergency meeting could be called, “for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety, or to the General Assembly.”
The only public notice of the meeting had been posted two days prior, on Sept. 3, on the bulletin board outside of town hall. Pursuant to Delaware Code Chapter 100, §10004(e)(2), “All public bodies shall give public notice of their regular meetings and of their intent to hold an executive session closed to the public, at least 7 days in advance thereof.”
On Saturday, Council President Joanne Bacon and Councilwoman Pam Bacon made it to town hall for the meeting; however, Councilman Charles Shelton did not attend at any point.
Although the council lacked a quorum — according to the council’s own Rules of Procedure, Rule 5.2, “the presence of no less than three (3) members of the agency shall constitute a quorum” — the meeting was called to order, with Bacon stating, “It is my feeling, for this Town to move on and not get into a crisis situation, we need to move on.
“The purpose of the meeting is to swear in Marty Presley and Elizabeth Carpenter as new council members and have a reorganization of council,” she added, proceeding to swear them in as council members.
Bacon and Davis had voted 2-0, with Shelton absent, to appoint Presley and Carpenter to two vacant council seats at the council’s Aug. 26 special meeting.
On Aug. 3, Jesse Truitt had resigned during the Town’s monthly council meeting. His departure was followed by Velicia Melson’s letter of resignation on Aug. 11. According to the town charter, the vacant council positions must be filled within 45 days from the date of resignation. Truitt’s seat must be filled by Sept. 17, while Melson’s must be filled by Sept. 25.
Bacon said Carpenter is to finish out Melson’s term, expiring in 2017, and Presley to fulfill Truitt’s term, ending in February 2016.
Following Carpenter and Presley taking the oath on Saturday, the council reorganized, with Carpenter assuming the position of council president and Bacon becoming vice-president. Presley will serve as secretary/treasurer, with Davis and Shelton remaining street liaison and police liaison, respectively.
After the reorganization, the four entered into an executive session for more than an hour.
After the meeting, Shelton told the Coastal Point he was unable to attend the meeting due to a death in the family.
The Frankford Town Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Frankford fire hall.