CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A City Council member in Charleston has a history of missing more meetings than what’s allowed, and now history is repeating itself.
Monday night's meeting marked three in a row where council member, Marc Weintraub was a no-show.
Weintraub’s job often takes him out of town, forcing him to miss 10 of the 28 meetings this term.
“The vast majority of work with city council goes on not at city council meetings every other Monday, but throughout the week and throughout weekends; taking care of constituents' needs and planning for the future of our neighborhoods,” Weintraub said.
So WSAZ hit the streets in the neighborhoods he represents to see what voters think about it.
“I'm assuming that he's missed for good reason, but he probably should make the effort to try to be there,” Kim Newman, a resident in the 11th ward, said. “We all work and we all have to get to our jobs and do things that we're asked to do. He ran for this office and he knew up front what he had to do.”
“I think he's probably doing alright, but I still think he should attend the meetings. Missing three in a row; he's not being a very good councilman,” Bill Sainato, a resident of the 11th ward, said.
WSAZ.com looked through the records and found Monday night's meeting made the third time in the past three years Weintraub has missed three meetings in a row.
While looking through the attendance records, WSAZ.com also picked up a copy of the city charter, which says if a council member misses three consecutive meetings -- his or her position can become vacant. However, that charter doesn't really matter.
“It has no real meaning. It's hard for me to say that as the mayor, but state law trumps what that charter says,” Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said.
Kicking a member off council would require a petition and a series of court hearings, which some say simply isn't worth it, especially when the member in question seems to be keeping the voters happy.
“My attendance at city council meetings has never been perfect, and my constituents have always reelected me,” Weintraub said.
Case in point:
“I voted for him,” Sainato said. “I'd probably vote for him again.”
Weintraub says even when he's out of town he responds quickly to emails and calls from his constituents.
Despite his absence at the past few meetings, he says he has done everything from helping constituents get their power back on to making sure a landlord didn't cheat a tenant out of a security deposit.
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