Durbin has typical year of resignations, billing disagreements
Durbin Town Council experienced a change in officials after an election and resignations. In June, Donald Peck was elected mayor, Pat Adams became recorder and Don Jennings, Emma Grace Nottingham, Gloria Ransom, Veronica Lane and Kenneth Lehman were elected to the council.
In their final act before the election, the former council discontinued billing for 11 condemned properties, sending the property owners and residents who disagreed with the way council and mayor Frank Proud handled the billing and the hiring of building inspector John Hempel into a fury. Many property owners said they believed Proud hired building inspector John Hempel without permission of the council. After many heated explanations and a visit from the building inspector, the residents had to live with the decision he made in condemning their property.
In-fighting and continued disrespect from residents led councilmember Kenneth Lehman and recorder Pat Adams to resign their positions in August. They were quickly replaced by John Osbourne and Paul Ransom, respectively, so the council could return to addressing town billing issues.
The discontinuation of billing for the 11 condemned properties had the council facing a large amount of animosity and led them to settle the town's billing issues once and for all. In December, council voted to bill all structure owners, regardless of occupancy.