South Jax trustees overturn veto for former chief’s retirement package

By Ryne Turke on July 3, 2015 at 12:09pm

South Jacksonville trustees listened to over an hour of comments from the public and handled a full agenda during Thursday’s village meeting.

The most significant action from trustees last night was the unanimous overruling of a veto issued by former South Jacksonville President Gordon Jumper, which links to former South Jacksonville Police Chief Richard Evans.

The action picked up steam on May 28th, when trustee members approved a motion to rescind the retirement compensation for Evans. During the next scheduled meeting Jumper would veto that request from trustees.

Village President Steve Waltrip says the action taken from trustees on Thursday reconsiders the veto and rules that the retirement package for Evans will not be accepted.

For a brief period in June, southjacksonville.org was shut down for unknown reasons. Village Clerk Dani Glascock explained that the website was taken down for maintenance reasons and no illegal action took place during that time.

“Under the past administration, if changes were needed they were sent to the web company and we were charged a quarter-of-an-hour at the minimum,” says Glascock.

“I thought in my spare time I would try my best and understand the web manual. So for the reason, I did ask that the website be taken down. That way I would be able to make several changes.”

Glascock added that the village plans to ask local residents for assistance with website updates on volunteer basis.

In addition to her duties as village clerk, Glasscock has also absorbed the responsibilities of a South Jacksonville FOIA officer. She noted that there have been “many” FOIA requests that haven’t been finalized since former FOIA officer and treasurer, Linda Douglass, left office.

“Please know that this is on my radar, I am taking this seriously and I am trying to do everything in my power to respond as soon as possible. We do want to provide everything to you, because that is your right,” says Glascock.

For the past nine months, the village of South Jacksonville and the Strang family have attempted to negotiate a zoning annexation for property at 1721 Orlando Street. The property, which the Strang family plans to build on, totals approximately 8.42 acres.

During the meeting last night, trustees acknowledged Jumper’s written objection and veto from June 16th for the annexation of the property

Here is audio from Robert Strang and attorneys from Brown, Hay and Stephens discussing the issue.

Strang stated there is a possibility he will sue the village for delaying building plans. The annexation agreement is scheduled to be reviewed during the first village meeting in August.

South Jacksonville Concert in the Cornfield chairs Paula Stewart and Kevin Eckhoff reviewed some of the events planned for the annual event. The concert is set for September 12th and a full list of activities for the weekend can be found on the 2015 South Jacksonville Celebration Facebook page.