Meeting set to fill council seat: Stover resigned Nov. 27

Published 8:56 am Thursday, December 5, 2019

The village of Chesapeake has scheduled a special meeting of council for 7 p.m. Dec. 19 to fill a vacant council seat.

Council member Richard Stover resigned his seat on Nov. 27.

It will be the third shake-up for village government in the last month, with incumbent Mayor Tommy Templeton defeated by challenger Kim Oldaker and council member Randy Penix defeated in the November election.

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Paul Hart, who will be sworn in and returning to council next month, said the council offered the vacant seat to Templeton at Monday’s meeting, but the mayor thanked them and declined the position.

Council member Danny Burd then proposed that the business of filling the seat be tabled and the special meeting was set up.

Monday’s meeting was Templeton’s last regular session as mayor and Hart said he presented him with a plaque thanking him for four years of service to the village.

The mayor’s race was close, with results tied on election night and Oldaker claiming victory by three votes after absentee and provisional votes were recorded in the final canvass.

Hart said the village is also planning to create an advisory board to listen to residents on issues such as replacing a street light on Big Branch Road and closing the tunnel under the bridge to West Virginia.