One of Delbarton’s recently-reelected councilmen did not attend the council’s special organizational meeting on July 1. However, he hand delivered his letter of resignation to the town’s newly-elected mayor earlier that same day.

“After much thought and prayer, I have decided not to be sworn in for the upcoming term as councilman,” Mark Sizemore stated in his three sentence resignation letter to Mayor Elmer Ray Spence. “After 29 years of service to the Town of Delbarton, I feel it is time to step aside from these responsibilities and spend more time with my wife and family. Best wishes to you and this administration.”

Members of the council expressed dismay over Sizemore’s resignation.

“I wished he had stayed,” said Councilman Albert Totten, who served alongside Sizemore on the council for several years. “He has a lot of knowledge we could use, but I understand where he’s coming from. He was here almost every day and put in a lot of time and never got paid anything for it.”

Newly-elected councilman Robert Hunt also expressed his disappointment, but added, “I had hoped that everyone would at least have given us an opportunity to work together before leaving.”

In addition to Sizemore, Town Clerk Tracy Slone ended her employment with the municipality on June 28. She told the Mingo Messenger in mid-June she had already planned to resign and take over Withered Treasures, an antique and thrift store that is a fund-raising arm of the Southern Coal Camp Authority.

Daniel Slone, the town’s certified sewer plant operator, has also tendered his two-notice after being recruited by the Mingo County Public Service District.

The council will discuss these vacancies further during its regular meeting Monday, July 8. The body also hopes to name a replacement for Sizemore at that meeting as well.

The current council will simply appoint a replacement to Sizemore’s post until the next election in four years, said Elections Specialist Elaine Tuckwiller, a representative of the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, in an interview with the Mingo Messenger.

During organizational meeting, the council decided to keep the current meeting schedule of the second and fourth Mondays of each month. However, the group voted to change the time of the meetings from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The time change is in effort to allow people who work during the day more opportunities to attend council meetings.

The next Delbarton Town Council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 8, in the Council Chambers of the Delbarton Town Hall (formerly the Burch Grade School complex) on Rt. 65.

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