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Reasons revealed behind Mayor Vavricek recall attempt
Everyday it seems like there's different problem at Grand Island city hall. It's turned into a circus. Friday was the biggest shocker of them all.
An affidavit has been filed to recall Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek.
23 year-old Jeb Wolsleben filed the paperwork at the Hall County Election Commissioner's office Friday morning. It comes after a debacle over the city administrator position and other turmoil that's been churning the past several months.
"I think Grand Island needs to make a move to a new direction without Mayor Vavricek," said Wolsleben.
Jeb Wolsleben says there were many issues that led him to file an affidavit to recall the mayor. One being the way Mayor Vavricek handled the Lincoln Pool.
"He made a big deal over the pool instead of focusing on bigger problems that the city has like appointing a fire chief," said Wolsleben.
Second, his disregard for the city council members.
"He has been incredibly divisive over issues that really aren't that big of a deal. I think we could work together to solve them, but I don't think he wants to work together with the city council and I think he just wants to obstruct everything," Wolsleben said.
The tip of the iceberg? Bringing back Mary Lou Brown.
"I think it's just a total sham of city money when we don't have enough money to employ fire fighters, police officers or a fire chief for that matter. It's just a squandering of money," said Wolsleben.
The mayor has twenty days to submit a counter statement.
After that, Wolsleben has 30 days to collect over 3,000 signatures.
"I think I can collect well over the 3,000 signatures needed to remove him," said Wolsleben.
Mayor Vavricek was not in the office this morning. News 5 tried multiple times to contact him to try and get an interview. This afternoon though the mayor is here and was in a closed door meeting with city administrator Mary Lou Brown and a few others. He said though, that he is unavailable for comment.
The elections commission office has 10 days to verify the signatures are from Grand Island residents and registered voters. Then the issue has the potential to be put on the ballot.
"I'm a taxpayer and I'm just kind of fed up to be honest," said Wolsleben.
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