Walbridge appoints 2 council members
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Friday, 08 February 2013 11:46
WALBRIDGE - Two new councilmen have old ties to the village.
At Wednesday's meeting, council appointed former council president and clerk Ron Liwo and former village administrator Ken Gilsdorf to the vacant seats.
The two were selected from five applicants. The seats became open when Mayor Dan Wilczynski forfeited his position last month, and was followed by Councilman Pat Fox.
Ed Kolanko, who as council president was appointed mayor, said Liwo and Gilsdorf have a history of service in Walbridge and the best interest of the village in mind.
Liwo, who ran for mayor in November, coming in second to Wilczynski, said he is looking forward to his chairperson spot on the budget and finance committee, which he called a "big responsibility."
Gilsdorf, who was village administrator last year for a few weeks before quitting, said he can't wait to work with this council, and that he wants to help taxpayers "get the most bang for their buck."
"I'm not here for any agendas. I'm here to help," Gilsdorf said. "I think the new mayor we have will have a very good line of communication."
Both men said they will have to run in November to keep their seats past Dec. 31.
Liwo was asked if he'll run for mayor again; an election for that seat will also have to be held in November due to Wilczynski's resignation.
"I have not given any thought to that," Liwo said.
Before voting on the council appointments, Councilman Nathan Eikost asked why there had not been any meetings scheduled to discuss the applicants.
Council president Jan Sawaya said they were discussed at the personnel and human resources committee meeting on Jan. 28. She is chairwoman of that committee. Sawaya said Eikost was invited to that meeting, which was open to the public as are all council committee meetings.
Eikost said he was not notified and he was not informed of any discussion from that meeting.
"I'm just disappointed," he said.
Sawaya said there had been enough discussion, "so we're going to move forward now."
The votes on the new councilmen were unanimously in favor.
The other men who submitted letters of interest for the council seats were Larry Boday, Todd Robson and Thomas Baker.
After the meeting, Sawaya said she wasn't surprised that five residents applied for the two council seats.
"I think there really are a lot of people who are interested in the village and want to contribute," she said.