Election to recall Camp Verde Vice-Mayor Bruce George set for Nov. 3

Bruce George

Bruce George

CAMP VERDE - Though localized efforts to remove four Camp Verde Town Council members by recall were not completely successful, they also were not completely ineffective.

At Wednesday's regular session, council will officially announce a Nov. 3 Special Recall Election against Vice-Mayor Bruce George.

In June, Camp Verde resident and chairman of Camp Verde for Good Government's Cheri Wischmeyer submitted signed petitions in an attempt to recall Vice Mayor George and council members Robin Whatley and Jessie Jones. Wischmeyer did not obtain the necessary amount of signatures to recall Mayor Charlie German.

Wischmeyer declared in February her plan to recall the council members because they voted to approve a .65 percent sales tax increase in January. Wischmeyer said in February that by voting to rescind a previously-approved food tax and voting to support the sales tax - a tax that could not be referred, council members who voted 'yes' purposely chose to support a tax that the public could not contest.

When Wischmeyer submitted signed petitions to recall George, Whatley and Jones, she said she would run for Whatley's seat. But petitions to recall both Whatley and Jones did not have enough valid signatures. At this time it is not official who plans to run against the vice mayor, whose name will automatically appear on the ballot as a candidate.

Beginning July 16, anyone interested in running for Vice Mayor George's council seat will be able to pick up a candidate packet at the Camp Verde Clerk's Office, located at 473 S. Main St., suite 102.

Petitions must be filed between Aug. 5 and Sept. 4. To be placed on the ballot, qualified candidates need to submit petitions with at least 106 valid signatures. Nomination papers for write-in candidates are due by Sept. 24.

Also Wednesday, council could approve a resolution to authorize the abatement of a dangerous structure. Resolution 2015-947 pertains to a structure situated on parcel 404-16-088. Should council approve the resolution, the building would be demolished and removed.

Council will also hear quarterly reports from the Town's Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as the Board of Adjustments and Appeals.

On request from Vice-Mayor George, council will also consider implementing of a monthly award to be given to a Camp Verde business that keeps its premises clean and attractive looking.

Consent agenda items include the possible approval of fiscal year 2015-2015 Intergovernmental Agreement between the Town and the Yavapai County Flood Control District.

The July 15 regular session will begin at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers, 473 S. Main St. #106. The agenda is available at www.campverde.az.gov/government/town-clerk/agendas-minutes-actions/town-council/2015-2/.

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