Council says letter should be read in regular meeting
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Saying they didn’t feel it should have been on the agenda for a work session, the five Keyser City Council members agreed Wednesday to put the letter written to them by Mineral County prosecuting attorney Cody Pancake on the agenda for the next regular meeting.
The letter, which Wednesday’s agenda stated was “regarding Billy Zacot,” was sent to mayor Damon Tillman and the council last Wednesday.
According to Pancake, who declined to discuss the letter’s contents with the News Tribune, he had requested the letter be read in public and placed in the minutes of the meeting.
Tillman, however, said during the Aug. 26 meeting that he was not going to read the letter at that time.
“I’ll read it at the next meeting,” he said.
When the agenda came out for Wednesday’s work session, the letter was included among the discussion topics.
Tillman, however, was not present for the work session.
“This shouldn’t even be in a work session,” council member Jim Hannas said of the letter.
“Let Damon read the letter (at the next regular meeting), then we’ll go into executive session,” Hannas said.
Pancake told the News Tribune he had written the letter to the city officials “to clarify some issues.”
Zacot, who was elected to the council in 2018, entered a no contest plea to felony embezzlement from the Keyser Youth Baseball League on Jan. 27 and was sentenced in July to seven years probation.
He has continued to remain on the council, and serves as the parks and recreation commissioner.