Political Paralysis in Roseland


This (Monday) was supposed to be the day the Roseland Town Council addressed the unexpected closing of Town Hall.

A temporary closing of Town Hall was announced about a week ago. The closing is supposed to last until April 5th.

Today, the Town Council met to consider possible legal action against the Town Clerk designed to re-open the doors…but that never happened.

A bigger crisis erupted. One created by the mere appointment of a Deputy Clerk named Dorothy Snyder.

“If she continues to be at this front counter
this meeting is nil and void,” said Councilman Ted Penn.

Today, the mere presence of Dorothy Snyder at the head table was enough to cause gridlock.

“Our town attorney says she should stay, and then you have a council member saying I will not serve with her in that position,” said Council President Charley Shields.

With the Council handcuffed by the controversy, Shields had to adjourn the meeting before anything meaningful took place.

As a result, members never discussed the possibility of using legal means to try and force the re-opening of Town Hall.

“Do you remember back when you were in the third grade on the playground? That's how it felt today,” said Town Councilman David Snyder.

Another Council meeting has been scheduled for March 15th.


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