Hospital seat debate hits CourtsSep 14th, 2011 | By William Dilella | Category: news
Both sides of the debate over the District 6 Seat for the Hospital Service District Board of Commissioners were in Court this week, arguing over Councilman Burghart Tuner’s recent attempt to replace the District 6 Representative on the Hospital Board, Jimmy Cappiello.
During the August 11 Council meeting, Councilman Burghart Turner had successfully passed legislation to impose his new choice for the Hospital Board of Commissioners seat, Nerrissa Miller. However, the move was quickly questioned by the Hospital Board of Commissioners, citing that Turner had not removed Jimmy Cappiello, the current representative, from his seat. The Board then referred their argument to District Attorney Charles Ballay, who agreed with Cappiello had not been properly removed from the seat. Ballay also said he saw no cause for Turner removing Cappiello, which, per state law, needed to be presented before any new appointment could be made. Ballay then brought the case challenging the legislation before a Judge.
As of this week, the ruling came back, and the Court decided that cause must be shown for Cappiello’s removal before Turner could instate Miller.
“A hearing was held today, and there were steps the Court said we needed to take,” Councilman Turner said. “The hearing [for cause of removal] will take place at the next Council meeting. At that time, we’ll vote on the removal of Mr. Cappiello and the appointment of Mrs. Miller.”
When contacted, Cappiello was not prepared to make a statement, other than that he will be present for the coming public hearing.
The public discourse on the potential removal of Cappiello will take place on September 22 at 1 p.m., during the normal Council meeting at the temporary Courthouse on F. Edward Hebert Boulevard.