Village organizational meeting holds surprises
An organizational meeting of Chimney Rock Village Council held a few surprises Tuesday night as one new village councilman was sworn into office; the mayor was reappointed to the post she has held for the past six years and a sitting council member was appointed Mayor Pro Tem.
The other newly elected council member, April Sottile, was out of town due to an unexpected death in her family.
Mayor Barbara Meliski took the oath of office from Judge Randy Poole, the chief district judge in the 29A judicial district.
Meliski, who is elected by the voters for a four year term, receives the mayoral appointment from the town board. Tuesday she was unanimously appointed to begin her third year of a second four-year term.
Meliksi has been on the town council since the town was incorporated in 1991.
Newly elected council member Bruce Godzik, who received the most votes on Nov. 5, was also sworn in by Poole.
Traditionally the candidate who received the most votes in a municipal election is appointed Mayor Pro Tem, who will fill the office when the mayor is absent.
Meliski nominated Godzik to the position and after Godzik consented, Council member Rose Senehi objected to the nomination.
"I think it needs to be someone with more experience," Senehi told Meliski.
"This is his first council meeting." Meliski asked Senehi if she wanted the position and Senehi said she was thinking of council member Linda Thompson, who has been on the board for several years.
Thompson was not at Tuesday's meeting.