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Move to rescind board appointment dies at Sulphur City Council meeting

Last Modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:22 PM

By Natalie Stewart / American Press

SULPHUR — A move to rescind a West Calcasieu Community Center Board appointment made last month died for lack of support Tuesday at the City Council meeting.

The council ousted Chuck Kinney, who had served on the board for 20 years, and appointed Coy Vincent to the seat in a 2-3 vote — a move councilman Mike Koonce attributed to “dirty politics” after his nomination of Kinney received no support from fellow members.

Koonce put the item on this month’s agenda, he said, after Kinney contacted him about council members allegedly not following parliamentary procedure when Koonce’s motion died for lack of a second.

Kinney said that in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, a second wasn’t necessary for Koonce’s motion to be voted on.

Mitch Redd, city attorney, said that after going over Robert’s Rules of Order, state open meeting laws, and the city charter he doesn’t believe anything was done wrong.

“There again, that’s your opinion,” Koonce told Redd.

Under Robert’s Rules of Order, nominations don’t require a second, but the city charter requires both a resolution and a second to make appointments, Redd said.

Koonce went forth with his move to rescind the appointment of Vincent to the board, but it died for lack of support.

Upon the motion dying, Koonce told Kinney, “I suggest you keep digging and try to find something that wasn’t right.”

Kinney has been on the board since its inception in 1992 and was the visionary behind the West Cal Arena.

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