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2 vie for empty council seat

June 27, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Prior to the June 19 meeting, Poland Village Council interview the two applicants for the empty council seat vacated by Dave Raspanti. Raspanti had moved into the zoning inspector's position to fill a vacancy while zoning inspector Richard Ames dealt with a medical issue. Council will now have 30 days to select the person who will fill out Raspanti's term until Dec. 31.

Jeff Vrabel and Linda Srnec have applied and each has a wealth of knowledge in the operations of the village. Srnec served as clerk-treasurer for 21 years. When she vacated the position last year, Vrabel stepped in to help fill the position along with Nick Srnec, Linda's husband.

During the interview, Srnec said, "One thing I have noticed is that it takes a diverse group to make up a positive council. There are presently people well versed in engineering and law. I would bring knowledge of government accounting, public records and finance to the table. I think I can complete this group."

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Jeff Vrabel and Linda Srnec were each interviewed prior to the start of the June 19 Poland Village meeting. Both have thrown their hats in the ring for the empty council seat that has six months remaining in its term.

Councilman Bill Dunnavant asked Srnec if she would see a problem with Nick serving as treasurer. She replied that she would abstain from voting on anything involving Nick and his position.

Councilman Joe Mazur asked why she didn't just stay on as secretary-treasurer to which she replied that she couldn't serve the Village of Poland as well in that position as she could as a council person.

Vrabel said his involvement with the village has been diverse over the years. He said he served on council before and had even filled in as acting mayor. He presently holds the position of deputy clerk of council.

When asked what would happen if Vrabel was selected and the deputy clerk position became empty. Vrabel said he would ask for a leave of absence from the position, but would volunteer his services to continue doing the job until Jan. 1.

Councilwoman Christine Yash said, "Your gambling with the clerk-treasurer position by taking a council seat."

Vrabel said he checked into it and if he were granted a leave, he could continue to do the job without pay while serving on council. When the term was up in December, he said he could return to the position officially. He said such a move would be perfectly legal.

With Councilmen Marc Cossette and attorney Robert Limmer absent from Tuesday's meeting, the decision was to wait until the July 2 meeting when there was a full majority. Should council not come up with a choice by the end of July, it would be up to Mayor Tim Sicafuse to select the candidate to fill out the remaining term. He said it would be a tough choice whether council decides or himself.

"We have a choice," he said. "We have two very good candidates."

 
 

 

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