Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

September 13, 2013

Mayor vetoes deputy proposal

GOSHEN — Goshen’s recently adopted deputy mayor position has been axed.

In an email sent late Thursday afternoon, Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman announced that he has decided to veto the ordinance establishing an unpaid deputy mayor position for the city that was approved by the City Council last Tuesday.

The announcement was down to the wire, as the mayor only had 10 days from the initial passage of the ordinance to veto the decision.

“While it is a position I asked to have established, and I still believe there are valid reasons to have one, there are incongruities that don’t register well with me,” Kauffman said of his decision. “If Council members want to over-ride my veto, it needs to be at next Tuesday’s meeting. So it will need to be added to the agenda.”

Kauffman indicated that he will be at a two-day meeting in Indianapolis during next Tuesday’s council meeting, leaving Council President Jim McKee to preside.

McKee, a republican, said he didn’t think the matter should linger on.

“I don’t want to speak for the rest (of the council) but I have no plans to do anything more with it,” said McKee of a possible over-ride. “I don’t have an appetite to go back for it at this point.”

McKee stated he was a bit surprised by the mayor’s veto because he thought the council had reached a good compromise.

To overturn a veto it would take five of the council’s seven votes.

Following his initial announcement, Kauffman provided numerous reasons for why he decided to go ahead with the veto.

Those reasons include:

• It flies in the face of common sense that Indiana statute would require that an appointed “Acting Mayor” be chosen only from among sitting council members, while Goshen’s ordinance would eliminate (most) council members from the pool of eligible appointees for a deputy mayor position.

• In early discussion, certain council members argued that a sitting council member should not be considered because the deputy mayor duties would detract from the ability to carry out council duties. But in the final analysis, that was not even mentioned when adding the council president to the pool of eligible candidates.

• It seems inconsistent that a council member with less than two years in office could be considered, but other council members with up to 23 years’ experience cannot be considered.

• It seems incongruous that a district council member, elected by several hundred voters, can be considered, but a council member elected by a few thousand voters cannot be considered.

• While a pool of all city employees plus one council member may sound like a large number of eligible appointees, it is narrow when culling to likely candidates, including department heads, the city attorney, and Board of Works members.

Kauffman stated he doesn’t believe is should be a department head.

• The establishment of a deputy mayor position should transcend current personalities. It was admitted both during a public meeting and outside the meeting that construct of the ordinance is such that one particular person can’t be appointed, that person being Councilman at-large Jeremy Stutsman. Had Jeremy been the Council President, that position wouldn’t have been added to the pool of eligible candidates. It’s highly likely the ordinance would be amended in the future to broaden choices if the political makeup of council and/or mayor’s office were different.

Kauffman also stated that by being elected mayor, the people of Goshen showed trust in him and trust he’d make the best decisions for Goshen. He believes that should extend to naming a deputy mayor.

In concluding his announcement, Kauffman noted one of his primary reasons for initially seeking the deputy mayor position was so the mayor would not need to announce publicly every time he expected to be out of contact.

Kauffman stated it appears such a requirement may in fact not be set in stone and that the legal department researched the statute and couldn’t find that requirement.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • GN140424 Emma1 Pioneer Drama Troupe to perform 'Emma' Emma has a gift for getting people together — or so she thinks. Pride and matchmaking gone awry are key to Jane Austen’s “Emma,” which will be brought to theatrical life this weekend by the Pioneer Drama Troupe.

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140423 west goshen dress code 04 West Goshen dress code policy unveiled GOSHEN — Solid color shirts with collars and two to four buttons are the proposed changes for students at Goshen Elementary School with a standardized dress code policy this fall.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michigan Prisoner Escape Michigan murderer arraigned in prison escape that led to manhunt in Elkhart, LaGrange counties

    IONIA, Mich. — A convicted murderer who broke out of a western Michigan prison in February has been arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140423 Wakarusa Musical 3 'A Kid's Life' portrays sudden techno loss WAKARUSA — The young people of our present day society don’t remember ever having lived their lives without some element of electronic gadgetry becoming involved. For them, it would be difficult to fathom the possibility of a world “off the grid.” So the fourth- and fifth-grade students of Wakarusa Elementary School will offer a comedic and chaotic interpretation of such a dilemma with their upcoming musical “A Kid’s Life.”

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140423 stress relief 03 Furry pals help GC students with dog days of finals GOSHEN - Goshen College students took a break from preparing for final exams to hangout with some four-legged friends Monday afternoon.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140423 FF spring play_3547 Fairfield students to present Oscar Wilde classic BENTON — Fairfield’s musicals and plays have recently left their status as an extracurricular activity and come under the wing of the Performing Arts Department and under the direction of Andrew Muth.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Sheriff Brad Rogers_0657 Sheriff travels to Nev. ranch in fed dispute Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers has weighed in on a controversy surrounding a Nevada rancher, and visited the scene of the struggle.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140209 snow storm 05 Elkhart, LaGrange counties denied FEMA aid GOSHEN — Elkhart and LaGrange counties were not among the 19 Indiana counties that had financial aid approved Tuesday by FEMA for a January winter storm.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep Roundup BASEBALL Falcons garner road win The Fairfield Falcons posted a 5-4 victory Tuesday evening at Rochester. Dustin Everage (three innings), Andrew Bobeck (three) and Austin Christner (one) pitched for the winners. Everage struck out three to earn the

    April 23, 2014

  • Akela.jpg SLIDESHOW: Pets of the Week Available cats and dogs at the Humane Society of Elkhart County. These loving animals are looking for permanent homes.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers