In a short, 8-minute session Thursday evening, Nov. 21, members of the Pana City Council rejected the appointment of Second Ward Alderman Glenn Schneider as Mayor Pro-tem for two days this week.
Pana Mayor Steve Sipes, who will be away from the city today, Monday, Nov. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 26, suggested appointing Schneider to act in his place during his absence. Fourth Ward Alderman Debbie Dust made the motion, but it died for a lack of a second.
“You’re not going to fight me on this, are you?,” Sipes questioned the Council.
First Ward Alderman Raymond “Butch” Hocq then nominated Second Ward Alderman Bill Pierce – who was absent from the meeting – to be acting mayor.
The vote for Pierce was 4-2 in favor with Schneider and Dust voting “no.” The affirmative votes came from Hocq, Lebon, Third Ward Alderman Ron Miles and Fourth Ward Alderman Wayne Richter. First Ward Alderman Tim Eddy was absent.
Mayor Sipes informed the Council the city needed to make an emergency purchase for the water treatment plant. He said an ammonia feeder had quite working and needed to be replaced.
The new feeder, according to City Clerk Terry Klein, cost just over $1,000.