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04/12/2013

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A QUANDARY North Port Commissioner Tom Jones. Photo courtesy City of North Port NORTH PORT HALTS DISCUSSION SPARKED BY COMMISSIONER'S MEDICAL LEAVE By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor The North Port City Commission this week blocked discussion of how the city should handle extended absences by city officials, a charter question made pertinent by the ongoing recovery of Commissioner Tom Jones, who suffered a stroke in January. "In early January, Commissioner Tom Jones suffered a stroke," Robinson wrote to the commission in late March. "Since then he has been unable to fulfill the duties of a Commissioner including attending Commission meetings and workshops. At the February 25 ComThe commission was scheduled to discuss the mission meeting, Mayor Linda Yates raised the issue Monday afternoon, April 8, per an agenda issue and requested the City Attorney report request made by Mayor Linda Yates, but a 3-1 back to Commission on the matter." vote at the beginning of the meeting took it off According to the memo, Robinson met with the table. Vice Mayor Jones, Jones' wife and Jim Blucher made the attorney Adam Tebrugmotion, saying he felt ge, representing Jones. the item should never The commission delaying the "Commissioner Jones have been on the agen- conversation doesn't take the conversation looked well," Robinda in the first place. son wrote. "We talkout of the public. ed about his ongoing A memo from City Linda Yates medical recovery. He Attorney Robert RobMayor stated to me his plans inson lays out the City of North Port to return to the Combackground.

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