With about seven meetings under his belt, Dennis Fetzer, who was appointed to a seat on Woodville Village Council in September, says he’s becoming more comfortable with the responsibilities of the office.
Fetzer said he applied for the open seat because, “I wanted to help make a difference in Woodville. To be specific, I wanted to help make Woodville a better community to live, shop, and work.”
When asked what he thought it would be like as a member of council, he stated: “With the new sewer separation project about to begin, I anticipated many long committee meetings and legislative decisions needed to be made.”
He replaced Bob Hathaway, who submitted his resignation in August, citing a planned move to Florida.
Village Solicitor Bob Kuhlman swore Fetzer into office on Sept. 14. He was the only nomination from council to fill the position. Mayor Richard Harman then appointed him to be the chairman of the Recreation and Parks Development Committee and to be a member of the Environmental, Planning and Community Development Committee and Public Safety Committee.
Fetzer said he applied for the open seat because “I wanted to help make a difference in Woodville. To be specific, I wanted to help make Woodville a better community to live, shop, and work.”
Asked if he thought the job was what he expected when he applied for the open seat, he said that “council is exactly what I thought it would be. The current council has done a stellar job at passing needed legislation as well as helping instill a sense of community pride that many small villages lack nowadays. Barb Runion, the village clerk, helps us tremendously in getting all paperwork ready for council meetings and everything behind-the-scenes. I stepped into a very well-oiled machine with big shoes to fill from former council member Bob Hathaway. He was involved with the village for a number of years and helped me immensely prepare for this large task ahead.”
Mr. Fetzer said that one thing he would like to accomplish as a member of council is to “try and reach out to other businesses and bring them into our great town. I stand behind Woodville. I not only live here, but my wife and I both work here and along with our little son, attend church here also. Besides council, my wife and I are both associated with the Woodville Business Association among other community organizations.
“I would to see the completion of the upcoming sewer separation project. I would also like to see our village grow and become an even stronger community of friendliness, fellowship, and faith.”