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  1. Why’d She Resign?


    November 18, 2013 by wcobserver

    Observation Post -By Steve Winkler- On November 12, 2013, Frances Hime resigned as mayor of West Fork. Having worked with her on various city related issues, some people assume I have some insight. I get asked why – what’s the “real” reason she quit.


  2. West Fork State of the City 2013


    February 28, 2013 by wcobserver

    The economic outlook for the City is more promising. Tax revenues for the last reporting period are up. Small businesses have opened and they report that business has been good for them. Two large businesses began in 2012 and there was also an expansion of an existing business, all of which will employ local people. The Harps store on Phillips Street will officially open on February 20th and will provide a much needed pharmacy for our residents and those who live in the largely rural area of south central Washington County.


  3. Council Blinks, Veto Stands


    March 26, 2012 by Steve Winkler

    A showdown was averted over Mayor Hime’s veto of last month’s council vote that reversed the planning commission’s denial to establish a commercial zone in a residential neighborhood. A motion by Alderman Rodney Drymon to override the mayor’s veto and grant the rezoning request failed to get a second. Game over. Mike Landa who serves as Planning Commission Chair sought and was denied approval by the commission for his property on McKnight Ave to be rezoned to commercial. He appealed that decision to the City Council who at the February meeting reversed the Commission and granted his request. The mayor vetoed the council’s decision citing a need to take a closer look at possible legal ques- tions. The council listened to Darrell Giddy, Landa’s attorney, argue that the mayor had a conflict of interest because Hime is the subject of a law suit by Landa. Alderman Charlie Rossetti asked City At- torney Tom Kieklak if there was a conflict of interest. Kieklak said he saw “no legal conflict at all.” He also advised the council that they should “be careful about going outside the [regional] plan.” Giddy reminded the council that last month they had deliberated over an hour. He …


  4. Rezoning Vetoed


    February 20, 2012 by Steve Winkler

    The West Fork rezoning saga isn’t over. Mayor Frances Hime filed a letter today with City Clerk, Kristie Drymon notifying her of the mayor’s veto of the city council’s  “decision in favor of Mr. Michael Landa’s Appeal of the West Fork Planning Commission’s denial of his application for rezoning of 997 McKnight from residential to commercial. In her letter Mayor Hime said she has placed Mr. Landa’s appeal on the March Council Agenda “where a discussion of any legal basis for the Council’s decision may have been contrary to the public interest.” Mayor Hime was not in attendance, recusing herself from the appeal because of her litigation with Landa. Charlie Rossetti, who served as mayor pro tem during the meeting, is currently engaged in a real estate deal with Landa. The appeal passed 6-0. Councilman John Foster was not in attendance. Read the Observer’s previous coverage of the rezoning issue here and here.