Officer election process angers Cedar Lake councilman

2014-01-30T00:00:00Z Officer election process angers Cedar Lake councilmanMary Wilds Times Correspondent
January 30, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CEDAR LAKE | The Town Council elected officers this month, but not without controversy after a senior council member said he was kept out of the decision process.

Councilman Robert Carnahan voted no on reappointing President Randy Neimeyer to that position and electing Patsy Casassa as vice president. Other than his vote, their election was unanimous.

Carnahan, a longtime council member, activist and presence in Cedar Lake, complained of backroom dealing and votes made without his knowledge.

He said he was particularly unhappy about being kept off the Plan Commission this time and not being reapproved as a representative to the Northwester Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

“What goes around comes around,” he told the council.

During last week's meeting, Carnahan declined an appointment to the South Lake County Community Services.

Carnahan also refused to approve the Jan. 14 minutes because they did not contain his comments.

“I’m sorry you’re declining to partake,” said Councilman John Foreman, who had nominated Carnahan for the SLCCS. “There was no coup against you.”

The council met, but Carnahan chose to attend a Chamber of Commerce meeting, he said.

“It’s unfortunate you feel the way you feel. The folks who’ll be hurt (live in) south county, (which) you represent.”

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