Despite Mayor Skip Wilson's absence, three council members unanimously passed four ordinance changes they say will ensure the town's council runs smoother.

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Chapin, SC (WLTX) -- Council members in Chapin met Thursday night for a specially called meeting.

The Town's Mayor and another Council member were not present.

The meeting was called by Council members Vivian Atkins, Kay Hollis and Robert Frick.

Mayor Skip Wilson and Councilman Gregg White did not attend.

The three council members called the meeting to address recent issues they have had with the mayor after they say he has refused to place certain items on the agenda.

The three passed four ordinance changes.

One of which was given a second reading, and is aimed at barring Mayor Wilson from deleting items off meeting agendas against the wishes of a majority of the five-member council.

The three council members also said Wilson refused to sign a check to pay the Town's Utilities attorney, David Knight, $6,000 in pay for the months of January, February, March and April.

Another ordinance change, which authorizes the Mayor Pro Tem to sign the checks in place of the Mayor, was passed.

Atkins serves as Mayor Pro Tem for the council.

Wilson also submitted receipts asking the town to pay for expenses he incurred in retaining legal representation for a lawsuit that Atkins, Frick and Hollis filed against him and White on Feb. 26 of this year.

That lawsuit was ultimately dismissed by a Lexington County judge.

Thursday, the council members voted to reject that claim.

The last change authorized the Town Clerk to be able to reimburse the town's petty cash fund.

Wilson has questioned the legality of the meetings because, in his ruling, Judge G. Thomas Cooper stated that the mayor had certain authority over the agenda under the town's current form of government. However, the council members said that the judges ruling left room for decisions to be made by a majority of the council.

Spencer Syrett, an attorney for Atkins, Frick and Hollis, said that Wilson has requested a motion hearing to determine if the council members are in contempt of court because he believes they violated Cooper's order.

Syrett said they are scheduled to appear in a Richland County courtroom next week.

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