The Newburg Board of Aldermen now has a full board after aldermen approved the appointment of its fourth member last week.
During the aldermen meeting last week, the board, by a vote of 3-0, approved Mayor James Poucher’s appointment of Doreen Moore to fill the vacant fourth seat.
Poucher said there was no discussion regarding her appointment. Moore was then sworn in as a Ward 1 alderwoman.
Mark Fox formerly held the seat, but at a previous meeting this year, Newburg residents claim that Fox told board members that he wasn’t sure if he could continue to serve as alderman because of his other job but then showed up to a meeting after that.
There was much discussion among the mayor, other aldermen, city staff and residents as to whether Fox really quit at the August board meeting.
While Fox didn’t submit a letter of resignation, Poucher was told by an attorney that a letter wasn’t needed.
At the August board meeting, Poucher recommended Moore for the position.
Alderman Randy Brinkley made a motion to accept the mayor’s recommendation that Moore fill the seat, saying it was not personal. Alderman Bill Stines seconded it. They both voted in favor of it and Alderwoman Alyson Garvey voted against it, saying, “I’m not in favor of the way this was handled.”
However, Poucher was not sure if the 2-1 vote was an actual majority on what is supposed to be a four-member board. Brinkley then rescinded his motion.
According to April 2011 municipal election results from the Phelps County website, Moore ran for the seat. Fox won the seat with 25 votes while Moore had 17 votes. There were also three write-in votes.
Newburg aldermen serve two-year terms.
The board also agreed to change its monthly meeting dates and times back to the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Newburg City Hall.