By Nicholas Grube
Triplicate staff writer
Crescent City Council Member Herb Kolodner surprised everyone at Monday's council meeting when he announced his immediate resignation.
"I find that it is not acceptable, it is not possible for me to serve on the City Council," Kolodner said while reading from a prepared letter. He said his resignation comes due to health problems that prevented him from doing his elected duty.
"My health has deteriorated, particularly my hearing," Kolodner said, adding that he also has deteriorating mobility. "Too many things are said that I can't catch."
Kolodner said he did not want his lack of hearing to result in poor decision-making that would affect the city.
"In other words," Kolodner said, "tonight's the last night you'll see me up here."
However, Kolodner could not break away as easily as planned. Council members and city staff asked if Kolodner could stay on the council until they had the proper opportunity to find a replacement for the six-year council veteran.
Instead, they asked if Kolodner would consider staying on the council for two more meetings, in effect asking him to withdraw his resignation until the council's May 7 meeting.
After short consideration, Kolodner agreed to the slight delay in his council retirement.
At the next city council meeting, April 16, the group will decide how to fill Kolodner's vacancy. A special election is a possibility.
, but, because the other four members of the council were elected to their spots, the council can appoint someone to Kolodner's position.