BRANSON, Mo. — The Branson Board of Aldermen meeting came to an unexpected and abrupt end tonight when three aldermen walked out.
The board actually passed a measure on its first of two readings that will allocate some money to start putting power lines underground along one section of highway 76.
This measure only needed a majority vote to pass the first reading.
The item passed three yes, two no, one abstain.
Mayor Edd Akers then enacted the abstention rule and counted that as a “no” vote which made the vote a tie. He then broke the tie passing the vote again.
The three aldermen who voted no or abstained in the initial vote walked out. Those members are Rick Castilion, Kevin Mcconnel and Larry Milton.
Two of them told us over the phone they felt the mayor didn’t have the authority to change votes.
The board of aldermen will resume the agenda from tonight’s meeting at its next scheduled meeting on December 10.