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When he assumes the mayor’s post in the Village of Clay Center in January, Mark Franks plans to implement some changes in the village administration.

One of his goals for 2016 is to reorganize the police department, Franks said.

Before that, however, there are seats to fill on village council as no one filed to run in the election for either of two open seats.

“In a small town like this, we only have about 250 residents, it’s hard to get people involved in local government,” said Franks, who served a term on village council before running unopposed for the mayor’s office. “We’ve had a hard time filling our zoning commission also. We’re supposed to have five seated members. We only have three.”

To attract more potential commission members, Franks and council may change the commission’s meeting time from Monday night to Saturday morning to accommodate those who’ve expressed interest in serving.

To fill the vacant council seats, the village is asking qualified residents to submit letters of interest to the village administration building at 420 Main Street.

Village council has 30 days to fill the seats. If councilmembers can’t reach agreement on the appointments, the mayor has the authority to name someone to the seats.

“We get along pretty well, so I think we’ll be OK,” Franks said.

A transplant about six years ago from East Toledo who was involved in neighborhood organizations there, the mayor-elect said the village has until recently had a history of long-serving office holders in the village government.

Residents with questions about the council vacancies may call the mayor at 419-690-6314 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Sandusky County
Two Sandusky County villages also have vacant council seats to fill in the upcoming year, according to election filings.

Roberta Murray was the only candidate for two open seats on Helena Village Council.

Paul Turnow, Jr. and David Murray, both incumbents, were unopposed in races for the mayor’s office and clerk-treasurer’s office respectively.

In the Village of Lindsey, no candidates filed to run for two seats on village council.

Oliver Bruce Perry was the only candidate in the mayor’s race.



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