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P’ville hires Gamm as City Attorney

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By Sandie Banks

Prestonville City Commission voted unanimously Monday to hire Corey Gamm as the new City Attorney at its Sept.16 meeting. The current City Attorney Alecia Gamm-Hubbard announced her resignation from the position, effective Sept. 19, during the August meeting. 

Gamm is with the law firm of Gamm & Hubbard located in Warsaw.  The conditions of his employment will be the same as Hubbard.

Hubbard has agreed to stay on with the city through their litigation with Can-Do Construction over the Community Center building.

Citizens’ comments

James McArter brought the board copies of items that were noted as “missing” during the recent audit for 2008.  Among the items was a partial copy of the minutes discussing the delivery of equipment for the park, for which McArter was paid $1,200 to pick up and deliver. 

Mayor Billy Walker told McArter the city of Prestonville has “no file of minutes” from that time.  “I’ve never seen that file,” he told McArter. “This is not in the files.”

Hubbard asked McArter if the copies of the items came from his personal files.  McArter said they were from his daughter Christina McArter, the previous city clerk. “When Christina worked here, she made copies of everything,” he said. 

Hubbard said a complete, official signed copy “would be helpful.”  She told the board that her “legal advice,” to the board would be to obtain copies of all the electronic documents that were missing, and in the possession of McArter, and the previous clerk. 

Walker also told McArter that, according to minutes from December 2012, Robert Barnes and Robert Dixon had both stated that they knew about one of the two $600 checks paid to McArter for the delivery, but not the other.  When McArter asked Walker to produce a copy, Walker went to the file room and brought McArter a copy.

Discussion was tabled because City Clerk Debbie Wright was not at the meeting.