A standing-room-only crowd attended a portion of the Scott County Commissioners' meeting on December 16.
But most if not all interested in an apparent impasse between the Scott County Area Plan Commission (APC) and the Commissioners left the meeting shortly after a brief appearance by APC board members before the Commissioners.
Of the 40 or so attending, it was apparent that most if not all of the people were supporting the recent appointment of APC administrative assistant April Ramoni to the APC's executive director's position. That position has been empty since the former executive director, Alexandria Voignier, resigned to take a post with the City of Columbus, Ohio, in mid-August.
Ramoni served under Voignier for nearly two years. She first applied for the job when it was advertised in October. However, the advertisement for the post was declared incorrect and it was advertised again. Ramoni and a former county commissioner, Mark Hays, interviewed for the job in November.
Commissioners were not happy with the APC's decision to appoint Ramoni, citing the APC's alleged variation from the job as described in the advertisements, which were published in these newspapers and posted at the Courthouse.
At the Commissioners' meeting, Board of Commissioners President Larry Blevins addressed the three APC members who attended, Megan Voyles, Mark Whittymore and Chris Wakeman and their attorney, Mike Carter.
“Commissioners wear different hats at different times,” Blevins began. “Today we are here to arbitrate. We believe that the (APC) board varied from the job description in making their decision. We request that your board meet with your attorney and come up with a compromise so that a lawsuit is not filed (against the APC).”
Carter commented, “As lead counsel, I believe that is the best thing to do.” Blevins told the APC members, “Your attorney can better explain this to you.”
Whittymore addressed the Commissioners, telling them, “Our decision (to appoint Ramoni) is based upon both job description clippings. So, we're sitting here today, wondering why we are here.” Blevins again urged the board members to take the matter back to the full APC board and talk to their attorney.
Voyles and Whittymore got up and left the room. Wakeman continued to sit in front of the Commissioners as those officials indicated they were ready for more business. Wakeman then commented, “We were here last week, too, (at the Commissioners' meeting on December 9) and now you're saying we've got to do all this again?” He too stood up and left the meeting.
His departure apparently encouraged all of those who wanted to hear a discussion of the issue to leave as well.
It was learned soon after that meeting that Carter resigned his position as legal counsel for the APC.
The APC has since notified its members that it will meet at its normal time at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13. An agenda of that meeting has not yet been posted.