A new man has been selected to lead the Citizens' Advisory Committee through the next year. At its June meeting, the CAC held annual elections for one-year terms. Current chairman Jim White decided against seeking another term. Nick Penque was nominated by member Arlene Langendorfer and being the only nominee, was elected chairman.
Langendorfer was nominated as assistant chair, and being the only nominee was approved. The pair of Penque and Langendorfer will work closely during their term. CAC member Danny McGill believed the pair will work well, thus nominating her for the position.
"Both of you two work (together) good," McGill said.
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Citizens Advisory Committee Chairman Jim White (left) chose to not run for re-election during the June meeting. He was elected as corresponding secretary. Nick Penque (right) was elected as the new CAC chairman during the meeting.
Recording secretary was left open due to no nominations being made. Both White and McGill were nominated but declined the position. Helen Britt was nominated, but did not commit or deny the nomination and the position will be visited again at a later meeting.
"I guess we could do something where we rotate (the position) through," White said. "We'll leave this open and re-address it."
Britt said she will take the position depending on the outcome of repairs on her computer. The position of recording secretary was open going into elections, so the group is in the same position, White said. Being the only nominee, corresponding secretary went to White.
After the elections were complete, White turned over the gavel to Penque.
"I would like to go through and hand over the gavel to our new chairman, let him go through and finish the meeting," White said.
In an unrelated matter, the CAC discussed garbage pickup within the city. Members showed concern regarding trash pickup in the city. The matter has been discussed previously and it was brought up under old business.
Members were concerned about empty trash receptacles rolling around in the street after the trash has been picked up. Members say that once the garbage is picked up, many bins are thrown down and end up being blown out into the street.
"We discussed looking out for our neighbors' trash cans but that really isn't a solution to the problem," Britt said. Last week, my neighbor's trash can was in the road and I went and put it on her porch. ... If you see a trash can rolling around you're going to get it out of the street."
Councilwoman-at-Large Stephanie Kiyak, who was in attendance, suggested the committee contact Tony Gugino, director of public works for the city. Kiyak suggested that after contacting Gugino, if no response is heard, the CAC should contact city council.
In other business:
The CAC went on record to say the Wreck & Roll Festival was a great success and was a great turnout for the city.
Patricia Hemenger brought up an issue regarding a hole in the pavement on Nevins Street located between East Doughty and East Benton streets.
The next CAC meeting will be on July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
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