PLEASANT HILL -- The City Council on Monday did something it hasn't done in more than a year -- it approved meeting minutes.
The eight sets of formal minutes are just a fraction of the backlog City Clerk Kim Lehmkuhl let build up by failing to produce any during her first year in office.
Despite the progress, two residents called for her resignation.
Mary Fouts criticized Lehmkuhl for espousing personal and political opinions on her city clerk Twitter account and mentioned one tweet that included profanity.
"You have only one right choice to make; and that choice, ma'am, is to resign," Fouts said.
William Nownes, who also lives in Pleasant Hill, said Lehmkuhl had achieved her stated goals of increasing social media use and engaging residents. But he also called Lehmkuhl incompetent and questioned her professionalism for tweeting in the early hours of Jan. 23, "I don't think I've had to use software this (expletive) since the mid-90s; it would be laughable if I didn't have to finish this tonight."
"Let me be real blunt, Ms. Lehmkuhl, you need to resign," Nownes said. "No more explanations, no more excuses, no more tweets."
Lehmkuhl said the tweet in question reflected her frustration after several days of negotiating with the city's vendor to update the software she uses to format the minutes. Once installed, she found that the software was so "buggy" it took hours to complete a task that should have been fairly routine, she said.
"Rarely am I so exercised about anything that I choose to be so direct, but in this case it was both deliberate and warranted," Lehmkuhl wrote in an email.
As for the calls for her to resign, Lehmkuhl said she is trying to move forward.
"A good chunk of formal minutes were adopted without change tonight. As far as I'm concerned, I'm just going to focus on getting the rest done," Lehmkuhl said. "I don't think me further engaging with it is going to change anybody's mind."
Lehmkuhl said she is working through the council meetings in reverse chronological order, and hopes to have all minutes finished by the end of February. She also noted she has updated the past year's meeting agendas with the votes taken. These annotated agendas are posted on the city's website.
In response to a resident's complaint that two sets of minutes Lehmkuhl submitted didn't accurately reflect public comment about the disputed December mayoral election, the council members agreed to talk about the level of detail they want captured in the minutes at their Feb. 3 meeting.
"I think we need to discuss a bit more about what we want from the minutes going forward, given that it is the official record of the city," Councilman David Durant said.
Lisa P. White covers Concord and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.