DALTON - Mayor Jim Gray resigned his position as mayor of Dalton at the Dalton Borough Council meeting Dec. 13. He announced that his elected position must come to an end.
There are a number of reasons why I should not resign, but I will only say I'm not willing to go in the direction that this Council has been going over the past year; therefore, I effectively immediately resign respectively as mayor of Dalton, said Gray.
Gray stood up and left during the meeting. He said, It's been a long meeting. It's been a long three years, but I'll be honest with you. Things aren't working the right way.
Board member Bill Montgomery said, I'm sorry you feel that way, Mayor.
Montgomery said the board accepted Mayor Gray's resignation with regret. He entertained a motion to accept Gray's resignation. Board member Lorraine Daniels made the motion. Board member Mark Sujkowski seconded it.
I think that we all feel the same that it's too bad because he (Gray) has been a pretty good cheerleader for the town of Dalton, said Montgomery. We have about 30 days to find a new mayor.
In other business, board member Susan Davidson said that according to air quality test reports, the basement has acceptable levels of mold.
In my book, what part of mold is acceptable? asked Davidson.
Montgomery said, We understand that. At some points, you have to accept the expert's opinion.
Davidson said that she wants to move out of the building for the health of the employees.
Board member Aaron Holzman replied, I'm opposed to moving out of the building. I see no other alternative at this point.
Sujkowski reflected on Holzman's comments that all four air quality tests came back passing.
I don't understand the condemnation of the building and the scare of our employees, Sujkowski said.
In new business, Daniels mentioned that Dalton has a tentative budget on display in the office. Their general fund is $18.2 mils, with a total of $24.7 mils.
This has been a tough time this year, said Daniels. I've been on Council for 23 years, and I have to say that this is the hardest budget because we haven't raised taxes in 16 years.
Daniels also said that Dalton has a balanced budget of $827,317.
That balanced budget caused an increase of 2 mils, said Daniels. If we don't work, the 2 mils will probably affect people about $35 a year…. with the services we give the little town of Dalton of 1,300 people, I think it's pretty outstanding.
Daniels made a motion to accept the tentative budget for 2013. Davidson seconded it.
Montgomery said that the chair would entertain a motion to recess this meeting until Dec. 22 at noon.