Two more Mantua Village Council members resigned in May

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Two council members resigned this month from Mantua Village Council following two unrelated incidents, and one of them has already been replaced.

Council Member Heather Paisley resigned May 2. Scott Weaver resigned May 24.

Weaver, in his resignation letter, said he was leaving “due to circumstances that are no longer conducive” to his continuing on the council. He did not specify the circumstances, and he did not respond to The Portager’s request for comment.

“I have served the village in various capacities for over a decade, and I hope that during my tenure I have contributed to the betterment of our community,” he wrote.

In a follow-up email to Mayor Linda Clark, Weaver said he was also resigning from his seats on the village’s Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Shade Tree committee.

Weaver pleaded guilty April 6 to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct stemming from a verbal altercation with community businessman Sam Paratore during a Dec. 5 council workshop.

Weaver’s resignation is unrelated to the misdemeanor charge, Village Council President Tammy Meyer said, and she noted he was not asked to leave the village’s legislative body. Council does not have the ability to discipline elected officials, she added.

Clark is accepting applications to fill Weaver’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2025. Council will then conduct interviews to appoint an eligible candidate.

Paisley’s resignation came earlier this month, and council has appointed village resident Kevin Maloney to fill her term, which ends Dec. 31, 2023.

Though Maloney has only lived in Mantua a few years, he is a member of the village Landmark Commission and has previously applied to fill vacant council seats, Meyer said.

In her May 2 resignation letter to village solicitor Michelle Stuck, Paisley wrote that she was quitting because of what she characterized as a stressful confrontation between her and two village officials that included unsubstantiated hearsay about other village employees.

“I don’t need the stress and games that come along with this ride. Please tell the mayor I resigned,” Paisley wrote to Stuck.

Weaver’s and Paisley’s resignations continue a long line of bow-outs from elected and hired Mantua officials. Weaver is the sixth council member to resign since July 2020.

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Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.