|BG council sets plan to fill Fourth Ward vacancy|
|Written by HAROLD BROWN/Sentinel City Editor|
|Monday, 17 June 2013 21:18|
Bowling Green City Council indicated Monday night it will attempt to fill the Fourth Ward seat at its July 1 meeting.
The vacancy was created by the resignation of Greg Robinette, effective Tuesday. Robinette submitted his resignation letter Friday.
The replacement will fill the post through Dec. 31 of this year when the term expires. In his resignation letter Robinette suggested his replacement not come from those who are not on the November ballot.
In announcing it was seeking applicants, council did not establish any such restriction. The only restrictions are that candidates must be at least age 18, be a resident of the Fourth Ward and be prepared to briefly address council at the July meeting.
Robinette was one of two Republican members of council. In recent years council has replaced several Democrat members who have resigned, with other Democrats. The most recent case was when Democrat Joel Kuhlman was elected Wood County Commissioner and was replaced by Democrat Sandy Rowland, who Robinette narrowly defeated in the 2011 general election for the Fourth Ward seat.
The lone remaining Republican, Robert McOmber said he hoped the rest of council would fairly consider all applicants regardless of their political affiliation. “This is the first time in a long time when a Republican has resigned. In the past former council member Mike Frost and I voted for Democrats. I hope that due consideration is given all applicants.
Democrats Mike Aspacher and Rowland said they would give all candidates consideration. “At this point we don’t even know the applicants,” Rowland said.
• Learned more than 1,500 people patronized the city’s new pool and water park over the weekend. Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Michelle Grigore told council that season pass sales were brisk late last week once people were convinced the pool was going to open.
• Heard an update on a charter amendment petition that would ban hydraulic fracturing in the city limits. Leslie Harper, of Grand Rapids, said most response has been favorable.
• Approved a public auction for this summer of items owned by the city that are obsolete or no longer needed.
• Set public hearings for Aug. 5 at 6:45 p.m. for interim zoning at 16381 Brim Road and amendments to two sections of the city zoning code regarding utility data on site plans.
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