The West Salem Board of Trustees welcomed three new members to its board Monday night.
Two of those new members, Chris Ray and Jeff Bradham, won their seats through the April 6 election, along with incumbent Misty Mewes. However, the board also accepted the resignation of Trustee Reid Lauderman, filling his position with the appointment of Johnathan Herald by Village President Dan Baker.
Multiple members of the board hesitancy to accept Lauderman’s resignation.
“Can I say no?” joked Baker.
Lauderman noted that he was moving to North Carolina, and would be unable to continue attending meetings.
“You can say no, but I won’t be here,” he said. “I can’t commute from North Carolina.”
After a brief period of quiet, a motion to accept Lauderman’s resignation was made and unanimously passed by the rest of the board. Baker then made his recommendation of Herald to the board.
Herald had recently been appointed to the board to fill a separate vacancy on the board, but opted not to run for his position in the April election. He was not present during the meeting.
“I’m going to appoint Jonathan Herald to that position, but he’s not here tonight,” he said.
Misty Mewes made the motion to accept Baker’s appointment of Herald to the vacant board seat. The motion passed by a 4-1 margin, with Bradham voting against the measure.
Baker then appointed each trustee as chairs of the respective village committees. Ray was named Finance Committee Chairman, Herald Water and Sewer Committee Chairman, Dan Jackson Streets and Alleys Committee Chairman, Mewes Public Safety Committee Chairwoman, Jeff Bradham Properties and Buildings Committee Chairman and Steve Miller Parks and Playgrounds Committee Chairman.
In other action, the board:
*approved a resolution allowing the summer food program Brown Bag Buddies to use village property to distribute lunches to children.
*approved a resolution to allow the West Salem Village Square to be used during vacation Bible school between June 7-11.
*approved the installation of a new streetlight at 517 South Main Street.
*approved a raise of 50 cents per hour and an additional vacation days for village Director of Public Works Tod Goble by a 4-1 margin, with Bradham dissenting.