You can’t say Butch Kieffer wasn’t committed to the job as city councilman.
Kieffer, who didn’t seek re-election this year, wasn’t even supposed to be at what would have been his final regular Springfield City Council meeting on Tuesday. He’s been in the hospital for a week, battling a chest congestion.
But council member Kenny Usher got called in to work and Troy Allen had to watch his two infant children. That left the Springfield City Council short of a quorum.
Gary Weitman hustled to the Kieffer’s home, where Kieffer was after just being recently discharged from the hospital, and within a few minutes had Kieffer in tow to take his seat on the council, straight from the hospital bed — with a change of clothes.
Rincon City Council had its own share of fun Monday night. With a vote to close the open portion of the meeting and begin executive session proceedings, the vote was 3-3, meaning Mayor Ken Lee had to vote for only about the third or fourth time, he said, to break a tie in his tenure.
The mayor gave a “yes” vote, leading to executive session and some good-natured ribbing from council members who poked him for his stance never to break a tie in order to have an executive session. A couple of council members had arranged the vote beforehand to see just what the mayor would do.
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