Removal of councilman delayed
NEW MIDDLETOWN — Removal of a New Middletown Village councilman who has moved outside the village advanced a step when council passed a second reading on the matter at a special meeting today.
Council voted 5-0 to pass the second reading on an ordinance removing Curtis Massey, a first-term council member who has not attended a meeting since November.
Massey lives on state Route 170 just outside the village limits.
Although Massey announced he would send council members a letter of resignation, Mayor Robert Carson said neither the village nor members of council have received a letter or any communication from him.
Today’s action paves the way for Massey to be removed if a third reading is passed at the Feb. 12 regular council meeting.
If Massey is removed, Carson would ask for interested village residents to serve the remaining three years of his term and would recommend a candidate who council would have to confirm.
Carson said council could have — by unanimous vote — waived the three-reading rule today and removed Massey. But he said that after discussing the matter, council members decided to wait until next month to take final action.