Downsizing of Rogers Council put on hold

ROGERS -Village Council will have to wait until next year to seek voter permission to downsize.

Council was scheduled to meet in special session to consider placing a ballot issue before voters in the Nov. 4 election that, if approved, would allow the size of council to be reduced from six members to five.

That meeting was canceled after village Fiscal Officer Dale Davis told Mayor Sandy Chambers that it appeared the issue can only be placed before voters during years when elected village positions are on the ballot. The next election involving Rogers council members is November 2015.

Davis learned this after sending a draft of the proposed resolution to Adam Booth, county elections board director, who said village official races only occur in odd-numbered years.

“You can’t do it in an even year. You have to do it at a time when you are holding municipal elections, and this is not the year for municipal elections,” Booth said. “They can do it (downsize) and it’s legitimate. They just have to wait to put it on the ballot.”

The village of 235 has been having problems for years finding enough people willing to serve on council, let alone run for mayor, and it was only recently they found a fifth person willing to serve.

They decided to pursue the downsizing option after being unable to find anyone in the village over the past six months interested in taking the vacant sixth council position.