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Council Minutes

 

City of Point Pleasant
Canvassing Meeting

May 30, 2003

The Common Council of the City of Point Pleasant, a municipal corporation in Mason County, West Virginia, met in Special session at the City Building, 400 Viand Street at 8:45 A.M. on Friday, May 30, 2003, instead of 8:00 A.M. as recorded in the minutes of May 27, 2003 in order to have a quorum.

     The following were found present:

Marilyn L. McDaniel - Certified Municipal Clerk
James M. Casey - City Attorney

and the following members of City Council:

William H. Wallace     
Robert A. Messick    
Carol L. Jones
Robert C. Doeffinger   
Ronald R. Kapp   
M. Leota Sang          
James H. Wilson

Absent were 
Mayor C. Edward Woomer and 

Council Members 
Kevin R. Nott
James W. Fetty
Elaine G. Hunt.

The meeting was called to order by City Clerk Marilyn L. McDaniel who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Councilwoman M. Leota Sang led Council in prayer.

Preamble - City Attorney James M. Casey announced that there were certain irregularities which had occurred during the canvass of the election.  The ballots counted on Friday, May 23, 2003 and Tuesday, May 27, 2003 should have been placed in a sealed envelope and signed by the members of the canvassing board where the envelope is sealed.  Further during the canvass the ballots were to be counted without unfolding them.  Since the ballots were not folded, the appropriate procedure would have been to count the ballots without looking at the side where the votes were cast.  With Council Members being present when the Chief of Police Ronald D. Spencer delivered the sealed ballot boxes immediately before the meeting of May 27, 2003 was called to order, they were aware of the discussion with the Chief, City Clerk Marilyn L. McDaniel and City Attorney James M. Casey to store the ballot boxes back in the evidence room or in the city safe.  Upon their agreement, and the City Attorney offered to assist her, the City Clerk following the canvass placed each group of bound ballots for the eight wards in the designated envelopes and secured in the city safe which is accessible by herself and the city accountant.

In computing the forty-eight hour period as used in the WV Code 3-6-9(a), Saturday, Sundays and legal holiday are excluded. Robert Doeffinger moved to certify the results of the official canvass for the Municipal Election of the City of Point Pleasant on May 17, 2003, except for the Mayor’s Office in which a recount has been demanded.  Robert Messick seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.

Upon the written request for a recount by Marilyn McDaniel, Ronald Kapp moved that the Board of Canvassers convene to commence the recount for the Mayor’s Office on Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at 6:00 P.M. (WV Code 3-6-9(b).  Carol Jones seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.

Robert Doeffinger moved to set a bond in the amount of $1.00 (one dollar) for each Mayor Candidate to cover the costs and expenses of such recount.  Robert Messick seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.

Upon motion by Ronald Kapp, second by Carol Jones, the meeting adjourned at 9:10 A.M.



 

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