Pueblo City Council discussed a timetable for filling Chris Kaufman's vacancy, as protestors assembled outside of Memorial Hall calling on two council members to resign.
"We need leadership. We don't need a broken council at this time," said Patsy Rasmussen, a local trash hauler with Five Star Disposal.
About 10 protestors, many affiliated with trash companies in Pueblo, chanted "Resign now" as drivers rode up and down Union Avenue. They want Council President Sandy Daff and Ami Nawrocki to resign after emails surfaced that indicated the two, along with Kaufman, were discussing public city business over email along with Pueblo County Transportation Director Greg Severance.
"They have broken the Sunshine Law twice and they've broken the council," Rasmussen said.
City Clerk Gina Dutcher estimates a recall election for Daff and Nawrocki would cost taxpayers about $65,000. Becky and Frank Cortese, co-owners of C & C Disposal, are in the process of preparing recall petitions that need to be certified before they can be circulated.
"That's why we want them to resign now so that the taxpayers will not have to pay that expense," said Jackie Pinelle of A-Affordable Disposal.
When asked what she made of the protestors, Daff replied, "I didn't even see the protestors. I parked on the [Senior Resource Development Agency] side so I had no idea they were even down there."
Daff said she hasn't decided if she will follow Kaufman's lead and resign. "I was elected to fill an office for a four-year term. Stepping down is a huge decision that I have not yet made, and I will make it on my terms," Daff said.
During the meeting, Daff said she wanted to send a shout out to Kaufman and then said, "He is missed."
Daff led Monday's work session, of which Kaufman used to be in charge. City Manager Sam Azad outlined a timeline of when council needs to select an at-large council member to replace Kaufman.
The city will accept resumes and letters of interest until Friday, Sept. 5, at 5 p.m. Council will conduct interviews on Sept. 22 and will appoint a new council member on Oct. 6.
Nawrocki did not return a request for comment.