The Press Newspaper
Walbridge Village Council has filled a vacant seat.
Council members voted during a special meeting Tuesday morning to appoint Lauren LaRoe to the seat vacated by Nathan Eikost, who resigned last month. Mayor Ed Kolanko then issued the oath of office to LaRoe, who was one of three persons interviewed by council’s personnel and human resources committee on May 17.
Eikost resigned his seat after being sworn in as a police officer in the City of Rossford.
In a letter to village officials, LaRoe states she has lived in the village for 2 ½ years and owns a small business.
“As a small business owner in Walbridge, I understand the issues facing local businesses today,” she writes.
Council had 30 days from Eikost’s resignation on April 23 to appoint someone to the vacant seat or Mayor Kolanko would have had the responsibility for the appointment.
Eikost was elected to village council in November 2011 and was most recently chairman of the business and economic development committee. He was elected to the Lake school board in November 2007.
LaRoe’s appointment is effective for the remainder of Eikost’ four-year term.
Kolanko said he plans to run for the mayor’s seat in November to fill the unexpired term of Dan Wilczynski, who resigned earlier this year. The term expires at the end of 2015.
During its regular meeting, village council approved an ordinance authorizing Kolanko to enter into an agreement with Signature Associates to market village-owned properties.
The listing agreement will be in effect for one year.
The village owns acreage on E. Broadway that is considered well suited for economic development.