Once again the Lovettsville Town Council is looking to fill vacant seats at the dais. Councilwoman Renee Edmonston and Mike Senate announced last week that their resignations from their spots on the dais for personal reasons, both effective Sept. 6.
Under Virginia law, the council has 45 days from the vacancy dates to make appointments to fill their seats, meaning it has until Oct. 20 to do so. If it fails to make one or both of the appointments, the Circuit Court will step in.
Mayor Nate Fontaine said that the Town Council would discuss the appointment process at its next meeting on Sept. 20. According to General Registrar Judy Brown, it is too late to add a special election to Nov. 6 ballot.
Brown said that the town could, however, appoint two members to the council for now and hold a special election to fill those seats for the remainder of their terms, which expire in June 2020 for Senate and in June 2022 for Edmonston.
Fontaine said that the council would have an “active pool of candidates” to select from, since there were three Town Council candidates and one mayoral candidate who were not elected during the May 1 municipal elections. “This would be the time to jump back in,” Fontaine said.
When asked if she was interested in filling one of the open spots, former Town Council candidate Meredith Kopp said that she was still undecided. Former Town Council candidate William Hyde and former mayoral candidate Kris Consaul both said that they were not interested in applying. Former council candidate Nicholas Hayward has yet to say if he would be interested.
Moving forward, the Town Council is down two council members as it prepares to begin its fiscal year 2020 budget process in October. Fontaine said that the council would be able to fill those spots before the process begins, however, just as it did earlier this year when it appointed Councilman Mike Dunlap and former Councilman Tony Quintana before the fiscal year 2019 budget process began.
The resignations mark a third and fourth time this year that a Lovettsville Town Council member has resigned. Rob Gentile resigned in January to prepare for a move out of town, followed by Tiffany Carder resigning a month later to fulfill work requirements as the librarian of the Lovettsville Library.