Two Lincoln residents, critical of an executive session held by the city council this week, have planned a meeting to consider action against some members of the council.
Brandon Schock and Jaime Leingang said the Lincoln City Council’s closed meeting Tuesday regarding a police sergeant led them to plan the gathering set for 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Tumbleweed Bar in Lincoln.
Schock said they will propose petitioning Lincoln City Council members Jon Aman and Karen Daly to resign and seek to recall Lincoln City Council President Erv Fischer in June when Aman and Daly are up for re-election.
“Erv Fischer has two or three more years left so we’re doing the recall specifically on him and try to get everything so that they don’t have to have a special election,” Schock said. “We don’t want this to have to cost the Lincoln taxpayers any money.”
He added there’s no desire to oust Lincoln Mayor Gerarld Wise or Councilman Tom Volk.
“I’ve been at every meeting for the last two years, and Tom is the only council member that has been doing stuff in the best interests of the citizens,” Schock said. "And the mayor really has no vote, and, when he tries to do something, he gets shut down by the other three.”
Leingang said he already has a petition for signatures but declined to say where he obtained it.
“It was given to me,” said Leingang, a landscaper who has lived in Lincoln for 13 years.
State elections specialist Lee Ann Oliver said no one in the past 10 days or two weeks has contacted her at the Secretary of State’s Office regarding a recall in Lincoln.
Oliver, a resident of Lincoln who sometimes moonlights at the Tumbleweed, added that elected officials cannot be recalled within a year of their re-election date.
Schock said he will lead the meeting's discussion starting at 6 p.m. Monday.
“We’re just going to get input on what’s the best way forward, and I’d like to do this as a community instead of a single person’s agenda,” Leingang said, who previously called the executive session "a witch hunt" as he awaited the council meeting to reopen Tuesday evening.
Schock previously criticized the closed meeting as improper.
Wise said "no final actions were taken" after the executive session, and Fischer said the situation is still being analyzed.