The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

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January 20, 2013

Some struggle to attend meetings

DANVILLE — One alderman who hasn’t been seen in the city council chambers since Aug. 7 is considering resigning due to his job taking him away from city business and meetings.

Ward 1 Alderman Kevin Davis has missed 10 regular or special city council meetings and six committee meetings since July. During the first half of 2012, Davis also missed the most meetings of any alderman at eight meetings.

Davis said he has a chance to change his 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. hours in March, working at a residence hall for the University of Illinois food service. But if he can’t change his hours, Davis said he will resign from the council.

Davis’ term on the council expires in 2015.

Another alderwoman in Ward 2, Lois Cooper, has had unfortunate, serious health issues keep her away from meetings since late September. But she still regularly talks with Mayor Scott Eisenhauer and other city officials and addresses constituents’ phone calls.

Other aldermen missed a few meetings due to family, work or other obligations and reasons.

Ward 7 Alderman Bill Black is one who calls city officials and the Commercial-News when he will miss a meeting.

Ward 5 Alderman Tom Stone saw perfect attendance at council, committee and special meetings during the second half of the year.

This is a second review of attendance of city council members from 2012 by the Commercial-News.

The second half of the year saw only one city council meeting of Aug. 7 have perfect attendance.

Aldermen are not required to attend council and committee meetings, but generally each of the 14 aldermen have two city council meetings a month in addition to one committee meeting a month. They are expected to attend the sessions to act on agenda items.

The Danville City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St., at Walnut and Main streets.

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