Board members present for
the meeting were David Hepler, Robert Farmer, Andy Anderson, Rick
Aylesworth, Kevin Bateman, Bill Martin, Pat O'Neill, Gene Rohlfs,
Chuck Ruben, Terry Carlton and Jan Schumacher. Andy Meister was
State's Attorney Jonathan Wright and County Clerk Sally Litterly
were also present.
The first item for business was the assigning of terms for the
board members. Logan County is divided into six districts, with two
representatives from each district on the board. One term of two
years and one of four years were assigned for each district via
drawing. The representative who drew could choose to accept the term
or switch if both parties agreed.
The board members will be serving the
District 1: Chuck
Ruben, four years; Bill Martin, two years.
District 2: Jan
Schumacher, four years; Bob Farmer, two years.
District 3: Rick
Aylesworth, four years; Andy Meister, two years.
District 4: David
Hepler, two years; Gene Rohlfs, four years. Hepler and Rohlfs
switched after the initial drawing. The final result is as
District 5: Andy
Anderson, two years; Pat O'Neill, four years.
District 6: Terry Carlton, two years;
Kevin Bateman, four years.
The second order of business was the appointment of the board
chairman and vice chairman. David Hepler presided while the board
made nominations and voted.
Rick Aylesworth nominated Robert Farmer; no other nominations
were submitted. Farmer was unanimously reappointed to the position
As for the vice chairman, two nominations were made. Andy
Anderson nominated Hepler, and Terry Carlton nominated Chuck Ruben.
County regulations dictate that each nomination be voted on
separately, meaning it is not simply a vote of Hepler or Ruben. Both
roll-call votes came to a tie, with Kevin Bateman voting "present,"
meaning he abstained from the vote.
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While previous boards have turned to flipping a coin in this
instance, the current board members wanted to ensure that they were
following legal guidelines in resolving the tie. Because of the
confusion as to how to proceed, State's Attorney Jonathan Wright
offered his opinion on the matter.
Before Wright entered the courtroom, Ruben said: "I could change
my vote to Doc Hepler. He's done a good job. I don't have a problem
Wright recommended to the board members: "It would almost have to
be something like that (a coin toss) to break it. There's no other
way to go off of it. Everybody's cast their vote." Wright also
suggested there could be a motion to reconsider and vote a second
time, and see if it changes anything.
Ruben mentioned that the board had done this in the past, but the
vote did not change. A motion to reconsider both nominations was
made and turned down 7-4.
As a result, the board turned to flipping a coin. Wright flipped
a quarter with Hepler as "heads" and Ruben as "tails." The coin was
flipped and landed heads, meaning Hepler was reappointed as vice
"Chuck would have done a fine job. I hope I can do as good of a
job, and there's been nobody easier to work for than Bob Farmer. For
the last two years I want to thank everyone in this room for making
a difficult job easy and enjoyable," said Hepler.
Hepler was also unanimously appointed as a parliamentarian.
Farmer said he would complete committee assignments before the
board of whole meeting this month, and they will be finalized at the
reconvened board meeting.
This month's meetings are expected to proceed as normal.
[By DEREK HURLEY]