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Written by MARK JAEGER   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:41

Board member says she is willing to resign, accept appointment

There was a leap of faith at last week’s Fredonia Village Board, when Trustee Jill Bertram said she would give up her current position — and accept an appointment to fill the unexpired term of a colleague.

Last month, Trustee Mark Edbauer Sr. resigned his post because he was moving out of the community.


When the board met last week, they wrestled with what to do about that vacancy.


Village President Chuck Lapicola outlined three options — filling the position with an appointee; leaving it open until the April election; or eliminating the trustee seat.


Because all trustees are elected at-large, Lapicola suggested the best approach would be leaving the position open until next spring and placing the remaining one year of the two-year term on the ballot.


That would mean three trustees positions on the ballot would have two-year terms, and one would have a one-year term.


The options did not sit well with Trustee Scott Ehaney, who said voters may be confused when asked to decide who to elect to one-year and two-year terms.


Additionally, Ehaney said the committee work of current trustees would have to increase if one board position was eliminated.


Board members were about to take action on a motion to seek applications for the unexpired term, when Trustee Jill Bertram offered another solution.


Bertram said she has been considering not running for a new two-year term when her current term expires next April.


“I would be OK with one year more,” she said. That would be possible if she stepped down, and then accepted an appointment to serve the remainder of Edbauer’s term.


Bertram’s position would only be vacant until next April.


Wanting to avoid the different term lengths, the board agreed with Bertram’s plan — providing the village gets legal confirmation that such a shuffle is appropriate.


Officials ruled Bertram could not be appointed to fill Edbauer’s term until she resigned her current post.


Her resignation and immediate appointment are expected to be on the board’s Nov. 21 agenda.


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