Village of Four Seasons Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Holcomb has resigned from his position after five years serving on the board.
Holcomb’s letter of resignation was shared with the public during the board’s April 12 meeting. The letter reads, “This is to notify you that I will be submitting my resignation at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 12th. I am giving you this advanced notice so that you may take the necessary steps to conduct the meeting with sufficient notice to post an agenda. I, of course, will not be attending the meeting. I, also, will be available at your request to execute whatever documents you need to remove me from banking accounts, etc.”
Trustee Dave Perdue took the time to recognize Holcomb for his time spent serving the Village.
“It can be a thankless job with many hours of coordination, emails, meetings, and holding many hand and wearing many different hats for very minimal pay,” Perdue said. “Jim has been a long-standing Village resident. He served on the POA before being appointed to the Village board. We’d like to thank Jim for his many years of service to the Village as well as the Lake of the Ozarks community. We appreciate all he has done.”
The board then certified the results of the recent election, in which trustees Tony Baldridge and Perdue were reappointed. The two recited the oath and were elected into the new board.
Nominations for the chairman and vice chairman positions were also needed for the new board. Trustee Ron Weihs nominated Baldridge for the chairman position and Perdue for vice chairman. Both nominations were unanimously approved.
The meeting was then turned over to Baldridge following his appointment as chairman. He stated he’d stay seated in his current placement, as he didn’t see himself as having more powder than the other trustees on the board.
“This is given to us as a, I say a gift from the voters, to represent the voters. And we need to do our best to continue and represent us and represent the Village. But neither one of us have any more authority than any other one on this desk. And I think we’ll learn to respect each other as well as respect the people in the community,” Baldridge said.
He went on to thank partners of the Village including the road district, Mary Bustin from the POA and Camden County Commissioners Ike Skelton and James Gohagan.
The board went into closed session at the end of the meeting as authorized by Section 610.021(1) RSMo, which includes, “Legal actions, causes of action or litigation involving a public governmental body and any confidential or privileged communications between a public governmental body or its representatives and its attorneys,” and/or Section 610.021(3) RSMo, which includes, “Hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting of particular employees by a public governmental body when personal information about the employee is discussed or recorded. However, any vote on a final decision, when taken by a public governmental body, to hire, fire, promote or discipline an employee of a public governmental body shall be made available with a record of how each member voted to the public within seventy-two hours of the close of the meeting where such action occurs; provided, however, that any employee so affected shall be entitled to prompt notice of such decision during the seventy-two-hour period before such decision is made available to the public. As used in this subdivision, the term ‘personal information’ means information relating to the performance or merit of individual employees.”
The board returned after about half an hour in closed session. Baldridge stated that the board agreed to resolve an employee complaint by a confidential written agreement.
The next meeting will be held on May 10 at 5:30 p.m.
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