There will be five open seats on the Orchard City Town board following trustee Jerald Brunemeier's resignation effective April 3, the date for this year's biennial municipal elections.
Brunemeier was the top vote-getter in the 2010 municipal elections winning voter approval for a second four-year term. There are two years left on his current term.
Brunemeier's seat will be open for the April 3 municipal election along with three other trustee seats and the mayor.
The other trustee seats opening for April 3 are those of Jimmie Boyd, Len Johnson, and Marsha Thomas. Boyd has said that he "will probably" seek a second term, as will Suppes.
Continuing trustees are Jan Gage and Gale Doudy. the mayor serves a four-year term.
Voters will elect three trustees to four-year terms and a fourth trustee to fill the two years remaining on Brunemeier's term.
If there are no contested seats, or if there are not enough candidates to fill openings, an election can be cancelled.
During a work session on Jan. 4, trustees took up a discussion of trustee pay that had been begun by Doudy at the board's December meeting. Trustees are paid $50 for each meeting they attend up to a maximum payout of $300 per month. Doudy had suggested the amount be cut to a flat $200 per month. Simpler accounting was one advantage Doudy offered for the idea.
At the work session, Mayor Don Suppes pointed out that the $50-per-meeting pay rate has the advantage of creating a permanent record of how many meetings a trustee had attended in a given month.
Brunemeier sided with Suppes saying that it made sense that a trustee would get paid less for attending fewer meetings.
Following some other comments, the trustees decided the issue merited no further discussion and it was dropped.blog comments powered by Disqus