Flushing council makes plan to fill empty seat

T-L Photo/LENNY WITTENBROOK Members of Flushing Village Council gather last week to make plans to fill an empty council seat.

FLUSHING — With a new mayor at the helm, Village Council announced its plan to fill an empty council seat.

The vacancy was created on July 27 when then-mayor Tom Bober resigned and council president pro tem Angelo Vincenzo was sworn in as the new mayor, vacating his council seat.

After some discussion Thursday, council members decided that letters of intent would be accepted until Aug. 31 from village residents who are interested in filling the open seat. The personnel committee also scheduled a meeting to review letters and interview candidates at 4 p.m. Sept. 6 so that a final decision could be made at the next regular council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14.

During the same discussion, Councilman Bryan Clark announced he would not be running for re-election in November; instead he will be a candidate for Flushing Township trustee on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Meanwhile, Vincenzo and Clark told council about meetings they had had with two paving contractors to get some rough estimates on street repair and paving projects so that the village could come up with strategies to get some of the much-needed work done.

“All the streets are bad, but we can’t afford to do them all so we need to prioritize and figure a budget for the following year so we can go ahead and do some of this,” said Clark.

Vincenzo and Clark again expressed their desire to contract a dedicated garbage carrier for the village to reduce wear and tear on village streets. They consulted Village Solicitor Chris Gagin about the matter, saying they had had informal talks with a company that had suggested they utilize a request for proposal instead of going through the bidding process.

Gagin recommended that council seek bids for the service. Vincenzo was eager to move forward on the issue and asked officials to contact other municipalities to gather information so that bid specifications could be put together as quickly as possible.

Clark also informed council that he had been offered free clay for the ball fields at Schuler Park and discussed the matter with Chad Sutton, who was at the meeting representing Flushing Junior Sports.

Sutton said the clay is needed and that the Shetland and Bronco infields are up to 8 inches lower than the outfields. He said the organization had been putting 3-4 tons of sand on the fields each year to maintain them.

In the end council decided to get 200 tons of the clay. Sutton and council also discussed getting together in the fall to work on drainage issues in and around the ball fields.

Councilwoman Sandy Twarog told Vincenzo that the bridge in the park looks great after its recent cleaning. Vincenzo expressed thanks to Dave Jones for allowing the village to use his water tank to do the cleaning.

Clark voiced optimism about cooperation throughout the village.

“I’m on the business association, Flushing Ruritans and council and will express that Ruritans and the business association are willing to work with the village to do whatever we need to do,” he said. “We’re gonna move this town forward.”