Sistersville council moved to sign litigation papers at a special Aug. 6 meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. and called to order by Mayor David Fox at 6:57 p.m. Those also present at the beginning of the meeting included council members Craig Pritchett, Bill Schleier, Colin Marrin, Ann Doig, Richard Long, and Mitch Corley, as well as Recorder Julie Schleier and attorneys Jan Fox and Sara Hauptfuehrer of Steptoe & Johnson.
Steptoe & Johnson is the legal firm representing the City of Sistersville, the mayor, and the recorder in civil cases filed by former Clerk and Treasurer Diana Mace and former Clerk Patricia Soliday.
Citing that they would be discussing matters of litigation, Mayor Fox asked for a motion to go into executive session. The motion was made and carried with a unanimous vote. At this time, members of the public left the building.
Still prior to 7 p.m., Councilman Bill Rice appeared and was welcomed into the building and meeting, although a quorum had already been established and executive session entered.
Approximately an hour after executive session began, the door to the building was unlocked and members of the public were welcomed back inside for the conclusion of the normal meeting.
Upon resuming the meeting, the council unanimously approved a motion for the signing of litigation papers. The meeting was then adjourned.