OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) - Osage City council members re-cast their votes on a vacant council seat during a special session Thursday, acknowledging they violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act during their August 13th meeting.
On Wednesday, WIBW-TV reported Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones issued a settlement on the council for conducting a secret ballot during an open meeting.
During the August 13th meeting, the council voted five to two to secretly appoint Bruce Schoepflin to fill the vacant council seat.
On Thursday, the council nullified all actions took in the previous meeting and then held public comment about the vacant council seat.
A motion to bring Denise Lauber into the seat failed. Members then voted 4-3 to appoint Schoepflin into the position.
Officials and attendees are hoping the city can move on from the mistake.
"I really think the councilmen mean well," said attendee Rick Potter. "It's how they're getting to the conclusion, it's amazing. It's entertainment is what it is."
"We're a small community and people are very passionate about their community, as they should be," said Becky Brewer, Osage City Council Member. "But I also know the people in this town and they'll do a great job of putting this behind them and moving on."
Following the vote, the council re-vote on all action from the previous meeting, including the 2014 budget and a mill levy increase.