Supervisor’s ‘resignation’ a real head-scratcher

IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT something you see at your average town board meeting. It doesn’t happen every night that a town supervisor storms out of a meeting announcing he’s resigning from the board and that it’s his last meeting.

But that’s what Plymouth Town Board member Ray “Squeak” Gremminger did last week.

Gremminger had reported to the board on concerns and complaints about a neighbor shooting firearms on his property, including one incident which resulted in a call to the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department.

The deputy found that the shooter was doing nothing illegal or unsafe and no citations were issued.

Gremminger found a town ordinance, dating back almost 30 years, which prohibits firing weapons in a residential subdivision – which would not have applied in the situation in question – and then began to demand that the ordinance be broadened and the fine increased.

That might have generated a worthwhile discussion on the issue, but before any other board members had a chance to weigh in on the issue, Gremminger ended his monologue by crumpling a copy of the existing ordinance, tossing it in his briefcase and getting up to leave, stating, “As of tonight, this is my last Town Board meeting. I resign.”

It left everyone in the room scratching their heads over the abrupt departure – and questioning whether it constituted a legal resignation. For most elected positions, a written resignation is required by law.

Beyond that, it seemed to serve no purpose whatsoever.

Even if they could have reached a consensus on any possible changes to the ordinance, the board could not have acted on it at that meeting – it was not a published agenda item and any action the board might have taken would have been illegal.

There was discussion that followed, with several on the board and in the audience conceding that extending the ban to any residential property would be impractical, as it would then encompass much of the town and many hunting areas.

The remaining board members received a copy of the town of Sheboygan’s ordinance, which regulates firearm use on residential property through permits and minimum lot sizes.

Even those in the audience who regularly shoot on their property agreed that such a system would be workable and acceptable.

But Gremminger, because of his petulant departure, was not part of that discussion – which is what he was elected to do.

Just one more head-scratcher in this puzzling affair.

At issue:
Gremminger walkout
Bottom line:
What was the point?

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