QUINCY -- One of Quincy's Fifth Ward seats on the City Council will be vacant another week after aldermen voted unanimously to table a confirmation vote for Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore's appointee.
The mayor announced last week that he intended to nominate Mark Freiburg to the position, which was vacated by Terry Traeder last month following the municipal election.
Traeder, a Republican, ran unopposed for the seat that had been held by Jennifer Lepper, who did not seek re-election. Traeder cited an undisclosed health issue as the reason for him stepping aside.
On Monday evening, Moore explained the delay was necessary to allow the city has "all of our i's dotted and t's crossed" ensuring Freiburg's nomination and appointment are compliant with city ordinances.
"Our municipal code in terms of if an alderman can have a liquor license conflicts with the state code," Moore said. Moore said Freiburg does not personally have a liquor license but owns stock in a company that has liquor license.
"State statue does allow for, in a community of our size, to have aldermen and a mayor to actually have a liquor license," Moore said. "It is one of those things where our liquor codes were adopted decades ago, and we may not have updated it. We want to make sure that Frieburg still has the opportunity to serve and that he can serve based on state statute."
Moore said he hoped the city would be able to resolve the conflicts by next week's meeting.
Moore said Freiburg emerged as the presumptive nominee after having multiple interviews and conversations.
"We actually talked to 30 residents of the Fifth Ward to gauge interest, and then we narrowed it down to six residents who were interested," Moore said. The mayor did not elaborate as to what set Freiburg apart from other possible nominees.
He expressed confidence in Freiburg's ability to serve on the City Council and that the apparent conflict was a non-issue.
"Quite frankly because he is not an actual licensee where his name is on the license it had not crossed my mind," Moore said. "If it had, then I would waited a week, but when the state statute does allow for something but then you find one line in your municipal code that may conflict with that then you want to take the time to make sure everything is correct."
Freiburg was not available for comment on this story.