By Bill Petzold
MAYVILLE — The Mayville Village Council voted Tuesday to not allow village president Clare Fryers to possess keys to the village’s new offices in the department of public works building.
“I’ve always had keys, and I just turned in a request to replace them, and (village clerk) Wendy McKenney said at the Meeting of the Whole that the Chief of Police told her that I was a security risk,” Fryers said.
“I’ve never had a problem with them before in my life. I’ve had those keys for almost 12 years, and then when they changed the doors it became a problem. It wasn’t a big deal, it was just more of a prestige thing.”
But councilman Bruce McGhee alleges there are a number of reasons the council denied Fryers’ request for keys to the village offices.
“There have been some issues,” McGhee said. “We’ve been going through some changes. One is that we have replaced our village clerk and treasurer.”
McGhee explained that because longtime former clerk Jim Welke worked out of his office on M-24 and former treasurer Judy Hartzell worked out of her home, the village did not have offices for its treasurer and clerk. Treasurer Ivanna Phillips said the offices were established in the DPW building in October.
“We have (the offices) in a new facility,” McGhee said. “It’s a thing we’re getting used to where we have a new facility, and we have protected information (stored there) and we want to make sure that’s secure.
At the end of Tuesday’s meeting during public comments, Valentine presented the board with documents that allege one of the council members ran for and was elected to a seat on the council while that person was in default on village property taxes. According to the General Law Village Act, Act 3 of 1895, a person in default to the village is not eligible for an office in the village.
“I demanded the resignation of the president,” McGhee said. “This issue I’m talking about now is the tip of the iceberg. After I asked him for his resignation and he refused, Mrs. Valentine again got to speak for public comment and brought up the fact that one of the council members, when elected, was in default of their taxes. When a person is in default of their taxes they cannot serve on the council. There is evidence, and there will be a vote to remove that person from the council.
“There are witnesses who state the president knew about this during the election. Ms. Valentine forwarded the tax records and (other documents) that support this person (was ineligible to serve) when (the person) was on the ballot and after.”
Fryers dismissed the allegations that the council member in question was ineligible for election.
“There was no verification or truth to that,” Fryers said. “The taxes have been paid, and one of the payments was three days late. That was (an issue) that I would just call a disgruntled deal.
“There’s too much gossip coming out of those buildings, and I’m not happy with that either.”
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