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Veto upheld at city board meeting; Shelter decision delayed

August 11, 2010

Two major actions highlighted Tuesday night's meeting of West Point's Mayor and Selectmen.
Near the end of the two-hour meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters, where the board majority attempted to overturn a veto by Mayor Scott Ross that reinstated Electric Department Superintendent Dwight Prisock and City Administrator Randy Jones.
Prisock and Jones were fired by the board at its regular July meeting, by a vote of 3-2 with selectmen Homer Cannon, Jasper Pittman and Charles Collins voting for the duo's dismissals.
The next day, however, mayor Scott Ross vetoed the board's decision, sending Prisock and Jones back to work.
On Tuesday night, the board attempted to override that veto, needing a 4-1 majority to do so. That did not happen, with the vote remain ing consistent at 3-2. Ward 1 Selectmen Rod Bobo and Ward 4's Keith McBrayer voted against the override.
The unsuccessful challenge to the veto means that Prisock and Jones are back on the job today.
In other news, the board voted not to enter an agreement with the newly formed West Point animal shelter that included a $25K donation, citing a need for further legal advisement from city attorney Orlando Richmond before entering the contract.
McBrayer made a motion to enter the agreement contingent on Richmond's approval, which got a second from Bobo.
Pittman, Cannon and Collins would not agree, however, voting the motion down by a 3-2 count.
Cannon insisted that this is not an outright dismissal of the animal shelter, instead "We just want to get with the city attorney to make sure everything is done right."
The issue is not dead, however, as the board indicated that the shelter will likely be brought up in its next meeting.
Plenty of other action was taken during Tuesday night's meeting, and a full story will be available in Thursday's Daily Times Leader.

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