Several residents addressed the Clintonville City Council at a special council meeting, Tuesday, May 6.
Simpson shared with the council a letter she sent to Mayor Judy Magee.
The letter centered around the chip controversy relating to the Jim
Simpson Memorial Disc Golf Course Dedication on Aug. 17, 2013. She said
the controversy involves the city administrator being accused of
stealing $12 of chips from the city of Clintonville for her personal
“I can assure you that the chips were used for the dedication,” Simpson said.
detailed the events of that morning, stating that City Administrator
Lisa Kotter thought there might not be enough food for the dedication,
and thought chips would be a good idea. Simpson said she agreed with
“That’s why the chips were not on the initial order and Lisa signed for them on the day of the event,” Simpson said.
added, “With all of this in mind I believe most citizens of
Clintonville would support not only paying for the cookies but also the
chips for the dedication. My understanding is that Lisa repaid the city
of Clintonville in an attempt to ease tension, however, in fairness, she
should be reimbursed for the chips.”
Simpson concluded, “Let’s focus on the big pictures, stop fighting and work for the greater good of Clintonville.”
Several in the audience applauded Simpson at the conclusion of her addressing the council.
Nancy Ignacio also addressed the council. She said she didn’t understand the need for the special meeting.
a sad person for Clintonville,” Ignacio said. “I’m sad because I feel
like we have a playground where everybody can’t play and get along. And
I’m sad because I feel like so much talent and effort and time is being
wasted by people disagreeing, whether it’s a personality conflict,
micro-managing on very small items. We have a fabulous community. We
have a growing Industrial Park. We should be working together to promote
the positive and not wasting our energy arguing with each other,
accusing people falsely of things. That’s not what a healthy community
does. And sadly, I hear from folks in other towns who read about things
that are going on in Clintonville, just like we’re a laughing stock.
That’s really sad. We are a great community.”
She expressed her
concerns about the city attorney position, and the lack of experience if
the current city attorney is replaced.
“You need to remember
that you need to spend my money wisely, your money wisely, every citizen
and taxpayer, including the huge taxpayers in the Industrial Park.
Spend their money wisely and hire the most qualified attorney you can as
city attorney, because if you don’t and there are issues, you’re going
to have to hire special counsel and you’re going to lose any cost
savings you think you might have saved the city,” she said.