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Bronaugh mayor, alderman step down

Saturday, October 13, 2012

BRONAUGH -- Mayor Michael "Mike" Millman and Alderman Andy Brannan have resigned in a dispute with some townspeople and other members of the Bronaugh Board of Aldermen over Millman's and Brannan's cleanup campaign.

"Andy and I read our letters of resignation at the aldermen's Monday night meeting," Millman said Thursday. "The board will have to appoint a new mayor, who will appoint another councilman.

"I was a write-in when Sherry Brown didn't run for re-election last April. The town has gone downhill from when I grew up here. I said, 'This is what I want to do. If you don't want to do this, don't swear me in.'"

Unanimously backed by the board at first, Millman said, he proceeded vigorously to enforce the town's cleanup ordinances, posting red tags at properties where yards and vacant lots needed mowing, having them mowed when the deadlines passed, ordering trash and junk removed and billing the owners.

"We were taken to court in Nevada by one of the residents," said Millman, a Bronaugh native who returned two years ago to operate his military window and door glazing company, Millman & Associates.

"The rest of the council decided they did not want to proceed," he said. "Our city attorney, Brandon Fisher of Nevada, has not officially quit, but his intention is no longer to represent the city."

Alderman Harry Pitts, whom Millman appointed when Steve Hoye resigned earlier this year, said Thursday night that Millman's initiative was costing more than this Southwest Vernon County town of 250 people could afford.

"A little town like Bronaugh can't spend money like water," said Pitts, who serves on the board with his sister Nancy and Terry Fleener. "The first thing you know, we won't have anything.

"I thought they were getting carried away," he said, adding that a contractor Millman had hired billed the town for $4,000.

Pitts said the panel will review its options for appointing a mayor and filling other vacancies at its Nov. 8 meeting.

Millman said Nancy Pitts and Fleener "were in favor of this until I appointed Harry to replace Steve.

"When we had the fall festival, 20 people came up and said how proud they were and to keep it up," he said. "Andy and I are very discouraged. It would be a shame for Bronaugh to turn into another Richards."

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Just want to clear up a few untruths in the above statement by Mr, Millman. He and Mr. Brannan did not read their statements at the meeting last monday night. I was in attendance which can be verified by the sign in sheet. They handed in their letters to be read by the secretary. Mr. Millman turned his in to Ann Loudermilk earlier in the afternoon and Mr. Brannan had turned his in prior to the day of the meeting.

Mr. Millman did not appoint Mr. Pitt's to the vacant alderman position. Mr. pitt's and one of Mr. Millmans brother's were being considered for the vacancy. The resident's in attendance gave a unanimous vote for Mr. Pitt's to take the position and the Alderman witnessing this vote, then appointed Mr. Pitt's. The majority of resident's, including those that had been flagged and unable to meet the deadlines for clean up agree the town looks nicer. They don't have a problem with basic clean up. The resident's stated their concern for the amount of money being spent on the clean up(as it was coming out of the street funds), until it is paid back by the resident's being charged.

The resident's taking the city to court have done so because they had filed a restraining order to keep the city off their property. They had mowed their yard but not their pasture. The Mayor wanted them to mow the pasture, (which has horses grazing on it) to 8 inches. When the city hired contractor cleaned up what he (innocently) thought was the city easement he crossed onto their property.

Two of the properties that were cleaned up were bank owned. A bank representative attended one of the council meetings and informed them that the bank may also press charges for not contacting them prior to cleaning up the properties.

A town of 250 resident's typically does not have alot of discretionary cash just lying around to throw away on frivalous lawsuits.

Mr. Millman knew upon accepting the position of Mayor that not all resident's had the cash or desire to keep up with the Jones's.

So now you have a little more information as to why the resident's were unhappy with the Mayor.

-- Posted by truthseeker14 on Mon, Oct 15, 2012, at 9:49 PM

Another Richards? Ouch, dude.

-- Posted by Samclemens on Tue, Oct 16, 2012, at 10:10 AM

1) a Mayor doesnt appoint empty alderman seats. He RECOMENDS persons for the job,and the counsel appoints.

2) as pointed out above, neither were in attendance of the meeting where there resignations were read and accepted.

3)It was a cold fact had the Mayor not resigned, he was going to be impeached in the very near future. A large majority of the residents were pushing the counsel to do exactly that. I personaly had pulled the case law to show not only the 3 charges he could be impeached for, but also the imunity the counsel had from personal suites resulting from it.

That case law and attorney general opinions were at the meeting, it just turned out they were not needed with the written resignation he had given earlier that day.

-- Posted by larrypoe on Fri, Oct 19, 2012, at 10:53 AM

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