Council says goodbye to Bartoe and Foster
BUCKEYE LAKE – It was a night of goodbyes for the Buckeye Lake Village Council as Mayor Frank Foster and former mayor and council member Jim Bartoe attended their final council meeting as members of the village government. Council’s second regular monthly meeting is cancelled due to the holidays.
Neither Bartoe nor Fostersought another term. Monday night, Council President Charlene Hayden recognized Bartoe, Foster, and former council member Drew Bourne, who resigned Oct. 22 to pursue a new job in West Virginia, for their service to the village.
Hayden said Bourne was on council for six years, serving on the public service and finance committees. “His goal was to bring water to the village,” she said. “We’ve missed his jokes and amusing quips,” said Hayden.
Bartoe spent four years on council after serving 12 years as mayor. Foster succeeded him. Hayden said Bartoe’s professional experience in law enforcement helped him also serve on the public safety and rules committees.
Hayden presented Foster with a plaque commemorating his eight years as mayor. “He helped everyone work through their problems,” said Hayden. “He always had a ‘we’ attitude.” She said he sacrificed time with his family and career to help Buckeye Lake Village down the path to creating a badly needed public water system. Hayden said she’s so accustomed to calling him “Mayor” she’ll have a hard time calling him Frank after the first of the year.
“I’ve been called a lot of names over the years,” quipped Foster. “It’s been a pleasure to serve the residents of Buckeye Lake.” He said the quality of people serving the village has never been higher.
Mayor-elect Rick Baker said Foster and Hayden encouraged him to run for mayor. “I can see the potential of this community,” he said. “My hat’s off to you.”
Baker and council memberelect Clay Carroll begin their terms Jan. 1. A. Kaye Hartman is currently filling Bourne’s seat until her council term officially begins Jan. 1, and current council member Shelly Small, whose elected term ends Dec. 31, was appointed to fill the remaining two years of Bourne’s term beginning Jan. 1.
In other council news:
• Foster said Buckeye Lake Fire Department Fire Prevention Officer Toby Miller will inspect the connections between the public water distribution system and individual users. A formal inspection is required before individual properties can receive water. Miller worked with project contractor Stillion Brothers to set locations for fire hydrants.
• Resident George Braden presented council with new American and POW/MIA flags that the Buckeye Lake VFW donated to the village to fly in Ryan-Braden Park. Director of Development Valerie Hans said a recent windstorm nearly destroyed the old American flag.
• Council member Hilde Hildebrandt said there were only six and a half hours during November without a Buckeye Lake Police officer on duty.