BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Bangor City Council is considering adding an attendance ordinance in the wake of one councilors suddenly leaving earlier this summer.
Bangor City Councilor Patricia Blanchette moved to Florida in July, but never formally resigned from her council position and still owns a house in Bangor.
Although her term expires in November, this leaves the city council with an open seat and until then. Unlike many surrounding towns, Bangor does not have set attendance rules that determines how many meetings a councilor can miss before he or she forfeits their position. Now the city council wants to come up with new rules on absences to keep this from happening again.
"Sometimes they're valid, like for illness or some other circumstance, so we don't want to have people never be able to miss a meeting, but at the same time, if you're going to miss a great number of meetings, it does kind of change the dynamic a bit of the group," said Bangor City Councilor Ben Sprague.
The council will decide if the potential rule will be a new guideline or should be added to the charter. If that happens, it will require a public vote that would be held until the November 2016 ballot.