The Louisiana City Council began the end of Porter Elliott’s 40 years of service to Louisiana on Monday, Dec. 9 when the panel did not reappoint him to the Board of Adjustment.
Elliott said Tuesday, Dec. 10 that he is technically still a member and chairman of the board until after the April 2014 election, when his regular five-year term would have come up for a reappointment vote.
“It didn’t upset me,” Elliott said.
The long-time chairman said in recent months that he was thinking of leaving the board after his current term. But Elliott also said that he was the victim of politics and council members “who wanted to get rid of me.”
Voting against the reappointment were council members Chuck Hoffman, Bart Niedner and Kathy Smith.
Councilman Sal Pollice abstained, as did Elliott’s brother, Monroe Elliott.
Only councilmen Russell Stephens and Jim Wood voted for the reappointment. Councilman Larry White was absent.
Even the vote led to the confusion that has surrounded the Board of Adjustment in recent months. The board listens to zoning and land use issues from city residents.
In November, Niedner said he could find no city records that Elliott had been reappointed when his last term ended in 2008.
Elliott said he had been reappointed by then-mayor Don Giltner in 2009, which would have kept him on the board until April 2014.
Mayor Tom Wallace said the city and Elliott’s records didn’t coincide, but he was going to reappoint Elliott anyway because of his 40 years of service and experience with board of adjustment matters.
The vote against Elliott didn’t come without fireworks.
During discussion before the vote, Niedner said that Lori Helkey was a full-fledged member of the board of adjustment and not an appointed alternate as Elliott and the mayor contended.
“I disagree,” Wallace said and indicated the discussion was over.
Niedner then said there was no need to end the discussion based on their disagreement.
Wallace said there was because “I preside.”
“You reign,” Niedner answered.
Wallace then told Niedner to stay quiet or he would remove him “for insubordination and lack of respect.”
Niedner did not argue anymore and the final vote sealing Elliott’s reappointment vote was taken.