The Delbarton Town Council was kept busy during its meeting Monday night as members accepted the resignation of one of their own members and worked on plans for the town’s traditional Independence Day celebration.

Councilman Glen Dale Canada gave fellow Councilman Ralph Maynard copies of his resignation letter which were to be distributed to the other members of the council and to the media during the latter part of May. The letter dated his resignation retroactively to May 18.

In his letter, Canada cited several reasons for his resignation most of which concerned issues with Mayor Elmer Ray Spence.

The council voted 4-0 to accept his resignation. Two Delbarton residents were at the meeting to place their names into consideration for the position and some of the council member offered suggested names. The governing body agreed to wait until the council’s next meeting on Monday, June 22, to name a replacement. Any resident within the Delbarton town limits who would like to be considered for the post should notify a member of the council or attend the next meeting.

While not required, the council also strongly encouraged anyone interested being part of the council to attend the meeting. The replacement for Canada’s seat will be decided upon by a majority vote of the council. In the case of a tie vote, the town recorder will cast the deciding vote. The mayor will vote only in the case of a tie and the recorder abstains from voting.

Council members voted 4-0 on Monday night to have a Fourth of July celebration. The topic was first discussed during the last meeting when Councilman Robert Hunt’s motion to cancel the event died because of a lack of a second.  Spence tried to persuade the council to move forward with cancelling the event and presented the motion to the council a second time that same night which again died because no other member would second the motion.

Between the two meetings, Gov. Jim Justice announced that the state will allow fairs and festivals to be conducted under prescribed guidelines beginning July 1.

“Given this fact, I think we should have the Fourth of July activities and Homecoming,” said Councilman Albert Totten.

Spence asked several questions about the restrictions and the how the event will be conducted.

“Our fireworks are equal to none in the area. We need time to order the fireworks and get permits,” Totten said. “How it will work out can be decided between now and then.”

Spence conceded to the will of the council and offered his assistance:

“I’m not opposed to it. I am leery of it, but I will do what I can to help you and support you. I’m 72 years old and have black lung and COPD so I won’t be there. We are where we are now because people obeyed the health laws and I don’t go out except when I have to. I am confident (COVID-19) will come back. I’m not a doctor but that is what I believe.”

The council also approved a motion to support the Delbarton Homecoming event which is scheduled to be held during Labor Day weekend. Totten said the Homecoming Committee will have a meeting at Carewood on Monday evening (June 15) which is open to the public.