Council sets aside council president, redistricting for next meeting

    Council postpones decisions on redistricting, council president

    Posted on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

    GOSHEN — The Goshen City Council chose to postpone decisions on two different items of business Wednesday.

    The first item left for the next meeting on Jan. 15 was the election of a council president. Councilwoman Dixie Robinson nominated Jim McKee, while Jeremy Stutsman nominated Everett Thomas.

    With Councilman Ed Ahlersmeyer absent, the vote ended in a 3-3 deadlock that could have been broken by Mayor Allan Kauffman, who chose not to vote. “Council president is a decision that needs to be made by the council,” he said. “I don’t think that’s a tie I should break.”

    The council also postponed discussion on the ordinance establishing common council districts once again with the absence of Ahlersmeyer and Thomas, who left the meeting due to illness.

    “I would ask that we postpone it until the 15th,” McKee said. “We’d like to look at it a little more,” he continued, “maybe share something with you and then just vote it up or down the 15th and hopefully be done with it.”

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