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Wausaukee Board Leaves Vacant Trustee Post Open
Issue Date: January 31, 2019
The passing of Wausaukee Village Trustee Ray Gordon on Tuesday, Jan. 22 left a vacancy on the Wausaukee Village Board and several of its committees. To fill those vacancies, Village President Hilbert Radtke called a special meeting of the Village Board for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. However, two candidates are interested, so the board chose not to appoint.
Agenda for the meeting had included possible appointment of someone to fill Gordon's seat on the board until it expires on April 15, and for possible naming of a candidate to replace Gordon's name on the ballot for the April 2 elections for a full 2-year term which expires in April of 2021.
However, two individuals have apparently expressed interest in being appointed to serve out the remainder of Gordon's term, and have indicated they intend to be candidates on April 2 for the full term, so the board took no action on either naming someone to full the remaining two and a half months of Gordon's term or for placing a different name on the April 2 ballot, as allowed by state law.
Trustees attending the special meeting were Kyle Stumbris, Mack McKim, Randy Schmidt, and Pat Tracy. Also present were Clerk/Treasurer Sara Pullen, Ruth and Roger Jicha, JoAnn Polomis, and Steve Stumbris. Trustee Joleen Christ was excused.
First on the agenda was appointment to fill Gordon's vacant seat for the remainder of the unexpired term. Schmidt moved, with a second from Tracy, to accept Radtke's nomination of Trustee Kyle Stumbris to serve as President Pro Tem for the remainder of Gordon's term which ends in April of 2019. That motion carried, but there was no motion made to fill the vacant seat as trustee for the remainder of the term. Board conversation indicated that they felt with two interested candidates, it would be best to keep the seat empty and have them both run on an equal playing field in the Spring 2019 election on Tuesday, April 2.
Later in the meeting the agenda called for nomination of a candidate to replace Gordon on the ballot, but discussion indicated the board did not want to give an unfair advantage to one candidate over another in the Spring 2019 election, so again no action was taken.
By unanimous vote the board approved Radtke's appointments to fill Gordon's spot on committees - Trustee Randy Schmidt to the Buildings, Parks, and Grounds Committee, Pat Tracy to the Streets and Sanitation Committee, Kyle Stumbris to the Personnel and Finance and Purchasing committees, and Mack McKim to the Health and Safety Committee and Wausaukee Planning Commission.
The meeting had begun at 3:30 p.m. and adjourned at 4:06 p.m.