Recall moves forward in GMF: Mayor denies involvement

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A group of disgruntled citizens is in the process of initiating a recall election of several members of the Green Mountain Falls' board of trustees. In an informal meeting July 14, about 20 people, summer and full-time residents, aired their grievances.

Mayor pro tem Jane Newberry attended the meeting and gave a report to Mayor Lorrie Worthey and the trustees July 16. “Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think we made some really good inroads and answered some questions,” she said. “There are some things we can't answer by law but we did answer some procedural questions. I felt pretty good about it.”

According to Newberry's notes, the group discussed a move to un-incorporate the town, complained about the delay in the video-taping of board meetings as well as the lack of communication between the board and the citizens.

On the issue of the recall, Newberry wrote that Billie Harwood reported that she has secured an attorney to advise the group about recall procedures. Harwood is a summer resident from Texas.

Worthey bristled at Newberry's notes stating that Judy Lofland Weidner “informed the group that Mayor Worthey is trying to get the $60 fee waived to receive state archives for Green Mountain Falls and if she cannot get the fee waived, Mayor Worthey will pay the fee herself.”

Worthey kept her cool but denied the report. “I am not getting involved with this, never said anything about paying money and the $60 fee,” she said. “I want to make that public, that this is incorrect.”

Newberry stood her ground. “I just wrote down what people said,” she said.

The next day, Worthey commented, “It is not true that I offered to pay the $60 fee,” she said. “I don't know where that came from. As an elected official I was not involved in the request for the archives or the town charter.”

At the request of Dick Lackmond, Worthey set the board meeting of Aug. 6 for a public discussion.