Council appoints Greene to Ward 2 position
The Eureka Springs City Council has a
new person at the table.
On Monday night, the council voted to
appoint Melissa Greene to the open Ward
2 position. The position was previously
held by Peg Adamson, who announced
Nov. 13 she would be resigning from the
position as of midnight Dec. 31. Adamson
served on the council for nearly a year before
resigning her post.
Alderwoman Kristi Kendrick moved
to accept Adamson’s resignation Monday
night, and the council unanimously
agreed. Kendrick then moved to elect a
new person to the position. Alderwoman
Mickey Schneider said the council would
have to figure out a few details before doing
“We need to know who’s running,
something about them and/or their background,”
Schneider said. “We have to decide
if we’re going to vote by ballot, by
voice, by paper … however. We’ve got
a lot of decisions to make before we decide.”
“I don’t see why we can’t do that right
now,” Kendrick said.
“We can do it tonight,” Schneider said.
The council agreed to appoint someone
to the position, and alderman David Mitchell
said city clerk Ann Armstrong had
drawn up a ballot including the names of
on the ballot,
A r m s t r o n g
M i t c h e l l
asked if the council members would need
to sign their ballots after voting, and mayor
Butch Berry said they would.
“No, we don’t,” Schneider said.
“We went through this before,” Berry
said. “According to the Municipal League,
it has to be signed.”
Mitchell moved to follow the Arkansas
Municipal League’s regulations and sign
the ballots. Schneider said she didn’t want
to do that.
“I don’t care what the Municipal League
has decided on their own. They are not an
election commission, federal or state level,”
Schneider said. “They do not understand
that a written ballot vote is private.
This is illegal.”
She continued, “This is against American
rights from the very beginning of this
country. If you’re too chicken to stand up
to the Municipal League or this sate, you
should, because this is illegal.”
“We went through this the last time,”
Berry said. “There’s a motion on the floor.”
“If you’re going to sign it, I’m out of
here, because, I’m sorry, I refuse to break
the law,” Schneider said.
Schneider left the meeting, and the
council agreed to vote using the ballots.
Greene received three votes, with Weaver
receiving one. Kendrick moved to take a
five-minute recess to allow Berry to swear
Greene into office, and the council agreed
to do so.
After she was sworn in, Greene said she
was grateful to the council for appointing
her to the position and excited to serve the
citizens of Eureka Springs.
She resigned from the Eureka Springs
Planning Commission and the Eureka
Springs Historic District Commission at
the end of the meeting but said she’d step
in again if the planning commission needed
help meeting a quorum.
The council’s next regular meeting is
scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at