Harty said no further action would be taken until the legal case is resolved. If Fraley were to be convicted of a theft charge, whether as a Class D felony or a Class A misdemeanor, City Attorney Mark Jones said Monday afternoon that the councilman would be required by law to give up his seat.
Since Fraley’s district only includes Perry Township, Harty said if a vacancy occurred, the Democrat precinct committeemen and women from that township would elect a new council member to serve out the remaining three years of Fraley’s term.
In council business Monday, the members had a lengthy discussion about the city’s hiring policies, which included comments by Harty and Clerk-Treasurer Nancy Jones.
The council finally agreed all full-time city employees must live with the Loogootee city limits for the first five years of employment. After that, they could move outside Loogootee, but still had to live in Martin County.
If a new employee lived outside Loogootee when they were hired, they would be given 90 days to move into the city.
As for part-time employees, they must live within Martin County. The only exception is for firefighters, who must live within five minutes of the station according to the department bylaws. However, due to Loogootee’s location on the border with Daviess County, firefighters are allowed to live outside Martin County.
Mark Jones will write a city ordinance incorporating the wording desired by the council, which will be voted on during the Jan. 14, 2013 meeting.
The council will continue to meet the second Monday of each month next year, except for October and November, when federal holidays on Monday will move the meeting date to Tuesday. The Board of Public Works and Safety will meet at 6 p.m., followed immediately by the City Council meeting.