W. Buechel City Council members at odds with Mayor; no shows at meeting

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – West Buechel Mayor Sharon Fowler planned on holding a budget meeting but only two members of the council showed up.

Fowler waited for other members to show but other members chose not to attend because she cancelled a special meeting council members planned an hour earlier.

Council members wanted a meeting to discuss the possibility of the city council hiring their own lawyer, which would be separate from the city lawyer.

Some, but not every member of the council feel the city attorney skews legal advice to benefit the mayor. The city council’s lawyer would come at a cost of $200 per hour.

WHAS11 tried to reach the city’s attorney but calls were not returned.

They mayor decided the special meeting, which she planned and ordered notices to be posted ahead of time, was not legal because she discovered just before the meeting that the law requires a majority of council members to sign the special meetings notice.

Distrust among elected officials has led to more special meetings in the last few months than the city held all of last year.

Mayor Fowler told WHAS11 the only city business that’s passed in the last two months is the creation of their new canine police unit. City services are still functioning fine including their new police department.

The Mayor didn’t want to appear on camera but denies these accusations.

Council members did sign a new notice for another special meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday.

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