Ten proponents signed the Notice of Intention to Circulate a Recall Petition that was given to Dunsmuir City Council member Leslie Wilde by Dick Kelby during Thursday night’s council meeting.

Ten proponents signed the Notice of Intention to Circulate a Recall Petition that was given to Dunsmuir City Council member Leslie Wilde by Dick Kelby during Thursday night’s council meeting.

The Notice starts a recall process that, if approved to proceed, will require the signatures of 30 percent of Dunsmuir’s registered voters to make it to an election.

“Recalls are so divisive,” Wilde said. “I’ll fight it to the last vote, but what a waste of time and energy. It’s angry and hurtful, designed to hurt me.”

Given 200 words or less to state their grounds for the proposed recall, proponents say they believe Wilde “was appointed against the will of the People and as a council member placed her personal agenda and special interests above the good of the community...”

They state six ways that they believe Wilde has used “ridicule, malicious gossip, and lies to defame citizens who express information contrary to her personal agenda gossip,” including: “demanding that other council member support her personal objectives even when they are harmful to the community and when they refuse her, she writes letters to censure them or threaten to join law suits against them.”

Wilde was given seven days to file an official response.

She says in her statement that “recall proponents have lodged false allegations, ironically accusing me of the very things I documented they have done. They appear not to realize their anger and regressive ideology is why they have lost all credibility.”

The Dunsmuir City Clerk has to verify that the 10 proponents who signed the Notice of Intention are actually registered voters.

Proponents include Dick Kelby, the current planning commission chair, his wife Mabel, and former city council member and mayor Nick Mitchell.

If the proposed recall meets the legal requirements and is approved, proponents will have 40 days to collect signatures from 30 percent of Dunsmuir’s registered voters. Based on the 892 registered voters as of this month’s council election, that number would be about 270.

If that many signatures are obtained and verified, the recall effort will go to the council to have a date set for an election.

Wilde claims the recall effort “was spearheaded by Dick Kelby, who sought the council vacancy I now fill.”

Kelby said he didn’t start it, and many have been involved.

Wilde said she doesn’t feel like she was rejected by the voters.

She said she received 281 votes in the November 2012 council election, finishing 35 votes behind Mitchell, an incumbent at the time, and 9 votes ahead of Arlis Steele, who was mayor at the time.

Dave Keisler and Mitchell won the two seats in that election. When Mitchell later resigned, leaving the council with just two members, Wilde was chosen in May of this year by Keisler and Ed Steele from a slate of applicants that included Dick Kelby, Timothy Padula, Pamela Padula, and Patricia Hill.

As for the recall proponents’ claim that she walked out on council meetings that were still in session, Wilde said she did leave one council meeting and “felt leaving early was justified.”

She said a committee meeting before the council meeting that night went longer than expected, and she felt it wasn’t fair to the public to start a council meeting at 9:30 at night.

She said she doesn’t know what recall proponents mean when they accuse her of “demanding that other council members support her personal objectives.”

“I can’t demand that anybody does anything,” she said.

She called that claim and others in the Notice of Intention, “Citizens For Better Dunsmuir rhetoric.”

“Whether it’s a three-person or a five-person council, I am going to push for the things I based my campaign on, such as starting a recycling program, lowering water rates, and increasing water allotments.”

She said, “I want to say that I voted against raising water rates.” When the council voted on the increases this past August, she said she wouldn’t vote for the rate increase unless water allotments increases in the summer were also included. Councilors Ed Steele and Keisler did not agree to that, and they passed the rate increase on a 2-1 vote.

The recall of city council members is familiar territory in Dunsmuir. Councilors Peter Arth and Mario Rubino were recalled in 2010. If it goes to ballot, voters will decide if they favor the recall and, if the recall succeeds, which candidate they want to fill the seat.