The Press Newspaper
Ken Harsanje, Jr. was picked Monday night to fill the vacant Genoa Village Council seat.
Harsanje will likely be sworn in at the first meeting of September but nothing has been decided officially, said Village Administrator Kevin Gladden.
Mayor Mark Williams was asked to contact Harsanje and letters were sent to the other candidates, the administrator said.
Harsanje replaces Brian Best who resigned from council Aug. 13 because he had recently moved out of the village limits. He had served a year after replacing former councilman Eric Hise.
Four village residents submitted applications to fill Best’s position: David Stacklin, Timothy Davies Sr. and Best’s father, Michael Best.
Council reviewed the applications Monday and then nominated Harsanje, Gladden said.
“We had four good candidates and they knew them all,” he added.
Harsanje, 57, retired from First Energy in April 2011. He had worked there as a mechanical journeyman and supervisor for 33 years. He is currently employed by Zempleo as a consulting contractor to assist the power station on various projects.
He served on the local fire department for 25 years and has been actively involved in the Genoa Little League and the Friday night paint team for Genoa High School football games.
The project list consists of five streets: the West Business Alley, Superior Street (from 6th to 7th streets), 9th Street (from West Street to Superior Street, Court Street) and the alley west of the library. There is also a chance for an alternate bid for 1,275 feet of Washington Street.
Village council’s streets and sidewalk committee determined which streets to place on the fall project list. The council approved the list earlier this month.
The estimated cost for the main roads project is $71,900, according to the website of Poggemeyer Design Group of Bowling Green, the village’s consultant. The alternate bids are listed at $26,400 and $29,200 based on materials and project length.