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Former member rejoins Kirkersville Council

KIRKERSVILLE – Former Kirkersville Village Council member Carolyn Woods rejoined council to fulfill the two years remaining in former council member Erika Mudd’s term, who resigned last month. Woods previously served on council from 2001 to 2003 when she resigned because of an illness in her family and dissatisfaction with what she said was excessive infighting between council members. But, she said Tuesday that those issues no longer face her and she’s ready to serve on council again. “It’s nice to be back on council without all the bickering,” said Woods, who added that Mayor Terry Ashcraft asked her to consider joining council following Mudd’s resignation. Council member Brian Denton was the only member to vote against her appointment during the July 1 council meeting. Council member Sharon Temple was absent.

Woods said, “It was kind of a quick decision” for her to rejoin council, but she believes the village is currently headed in a good direction and “making improvements that are not at the taxpayers’ expense.” Woods expects one of the major issues during the next two years will be public water, which council previously discussed acquiring from the Southwest Licking Community Water & Sewer District. She was opposed to it then and is opposed to it now. “They’re just so far in debt,” she said. Woods intends to oppose any future plans to allow Southwest Licking water into the village, if and when they arise.

Former council member Bonnie Mansfield said Woods resigned November 2003 after Mansfield and council member Debi Seymour (who also rejoined council and is currently serving) weren’t re-elected. “(Woods) was not going to subject herself to council without Debi and I, and I don’t necessarily blame her,” said Mansfield.

In other village news:

• Council Clerk Juanetta Metheny resigned citing health concerns. She served as clerk since August of last year. Clerk Jenny Snedegar replaced her. Ashcraft was sad to see Metheny leave, but he said Snedegar is very qualified and he’s confident she’ll do a fine job. “It worked out well,” he said.

• There are more changes to come. Village Solicitor Deborah Kenney McBride’s last day as solicitor is July 15. Ashcraft said several candidates for the position are being interviewed.

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