The Sheboygan City Council voted, and voted, and then voted again on issues surrounding the removal of Mayor Bob Ryan for his drinking problems.
When the voting was done the council had approved going ahead with the removal process, but to spend only $10,000 on outside legal counsel to determine if the city is on sound legal ground to proceed. If not, the process could end right there.
The vote to proceed with the removal process was 9 to 6. Alderman Joel Hammen was among those who felt it should be up to the people. But Council President Eric Rindfleisch led the effort to push on, and he took the mayor to task for threatening to appeal any removal all the way to the Supreme Court. Aldermen then rejected a resolution to spend up to $50,000 for outside legal counsel to pursue the matter.
However, they then reconsidered and approved an amended motion to spend only $10,000 in the hopes of getting some indication as to whether the removal process should go any further.