THORNVILLE – Village Council begins 2017 with a new council president and an open seat after council president Heidi Robinson resigned effectively immediately at the Jan. 2 organizational meeting.
According to her letter, “This decision was not an easy one and involved many hours of thoughtful consideration. I am confident, however, that I am making the best decision for myself as I find my time would be more productively spent on other endeavors.
“I want to thank the residents of Thornville for providing me the opportunity to serve on village council and hope everyone will respect my position in this matter.”
“I really appreciate your service to the community and I know you’ve got a lot going on, so I understand,” said Mayor Gavin Renner.
Renner said candidates for the open position must live within the village corporation limits. Duties include attending at least two meetings per month on the third and fourth Mondays. The ideal candidate is open-minded, patient and empathetic to the needs of all residents whether they are new to the community or have lived here for generations.
A good work ethic and positive attitude toward compromise is also encouraged. Working well with other members of a team is also beneficial. This position is just one vote of a six-member board that serves the public trust.
Pay is $1000 per year. This position is appointed. Resumes should be sent to the village office.
“Unfortunately I have to report that Council lost a good person at the last meeting,” said Renner in an email to The Beacon. “Council President Heidi Robinson resigned at the meeting citing personal reasons. I would like to encourage everyone to take the opportunity to thank Heidi for her service to the community. She has been involved in zoning for many years, and then moved into an open council seat..
“ Dale Brussee has been elected as council president for the 2017 calendar year… Administrator Beth Patrick in partnership with some of her neighbors has asked council to establish an ad hoc committee for a car show to be held Oct. 29…
“The planning commission is reaching a conclusion on the details of the revised livestock ordinance. Sadly we’ve once again seen accusations about the process and misinformation about what the ordinance would allow… It reflects better on the community if we strive to stop calling people out in the newspapers unless we’re planning to give them kudos or show our appreciation.
“The ordinance needs to be updated in order to be enforceable… The decision for the language for all ordinances resides with peers on the planning commission and final decisions from council members…
“Council is moving forward on weeds and grass ordinance. There are opportunities for the community to welcome diverse ideas and approaches if so desired. At this time, I feel that my primary concern is to fix the enforcement issues with the current ordinance. Making the system fair and enforceable seems to be what people want. They don’t seem to be interested in extras. The livestock discussion is an indication of that. The planning commission is moving to ban rabbits. I really am not interested in being in the business of telling 4-H kids they can’t have a small animal on their property. Likewise I’m not going to tell others that they can’t have their “mini-farm.” I’m not going to be involved in that sort of stupidity.
“I have mixed feelings about the call for ideas for economic revitalization. On the one hand, it’s great to have an opportunity to weigh in and shape our community. On the other, we’ve seen constant accusations and personal attacks in 2016. I’m cautiously optimistic that this attitude is finally over and done with, however, I continue to see letters to the editor that call people out, and use excluding language, not inclusive language.”
(to be continued next week)