STEVENSVILLE – Barring any new political, or legal, wrinkles, the Stevensville Town Council should be back to full power in early August.
The council is going through one of the strangest stretches imaginable, after three of the four council members resigned in the last week, accusing Mayor Brandon Dewey of everything from not following procedures to what one called “criminal activity”.
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That led to a surreal council meeting Thursday night, where remaining Councilwoman Robin Holcomb had to make, second and vote on every motion.
Dewey: “I assume by your motion that you also second that?”
Holcomb: “I do,”
Dewey: “Okay, I would ask for a vote. Well, hang on. Let’s ask for public comment before we get ahead of ourselves. Excuse me. Is there any further discussion amongst yourself?”
Dewey had suggested the town take applications for the new council, with Holcomb making the first selection, and then each appointee helping to fill out the panel.
But Holcomb says she’ll interview the applicants and then make all three appointments.
“I will take applications until August 2nd. I will do interviews on August 5th. And I will appoint council members on August 8th,” Holcomb said.
“And then we will swear them in right before our meeting so we will get to business and move on and move forward,” she added.
Holcomb says the entire exodus of her fellow council members has “saddened her” and she’s “still trying to digest” recent developments.