Spring Valley Mayor Ordered, Again, to Open Summer Camp

According to a ruling made by state Supreme Court Justice Gerald Loehr on Thursday, Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme must comply with a resolution passed by the village board on July 2. The resolution stated that the summer camp normally held at the Louis Kurtz Center must be opened and allowed back into the building. The camp was suspended at the beginning of the summer due to late paperwork and a personnel issue after Delhomme suspended Youth Director Sonia Barton who was in charge of the program. Delhomme stated at the hearing that the director was still suspended, so the camp may not be able to start up, due to a lack of staff, even with access to the building. According to the trustees, despite the first ruling from July that Delhomme follow the resolution, he had Barton barred from entering the building though he has denied the accusations. When the Mayor stated that he disagreed with the board and as mayor he should be running the village, not the trustees, Loehr ordered that he abide by the ruling and have the center open for camp by this morning, if not the judge would issue a warrant for his arrest. This was the second threat of arrest Thursday, first Loehr was about to issue a warrant after Delhomme missed the original 9:30 AM hearing time, but instead they rescheduled for 2:00 PM. After the hearing village Attorney Jerrod Miles stated to the press that the village would be following the order to open the center saying it was never intended to be closed. Trustee Vilair Fonvil stated that though it might be too late to start up the camp now, the village will do their best to let children attend.

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