The resignation of Silver Lake Trustee Barb Ironside is on the agenda of the Silver Lake Village Board meeting Wednesday.
Under president’s agenda, the item: “To Accept the Letter of Resignation from Trustee Ironside” appears.
Village President Sue Gerber said via email on Oct. 8 that the village received an email from Ironside saying she was resigning her seat. Gerber asked for a formal letter signed by Ironside to make the resignation official.
Gerber said the village received a new email late last week with a signature. Gerber said the letter will be read at the meeting and then be a public record.
The agenda for Wednesday, also under the president’s agenda section, includes a first reading of an ordinance regarding filling board vacancies.
Gerber said Tuesday, via email, that the ordinance is a reintroduction of one she attempted to get passed earlier this year. When discussed on Aug. 8, Gerber was proposing an ordinance that would fill a vacant board seat with the next highest vote getter from the last election, or to keep the seat vacant until the next election. The latest version includes “another possibility of selecting a person for a vacant seat,” Gerber said in her email to westofthei.com.
The ordinance “was created to fill vacancies in fair manner not just by popularity of the majority of the board,” Gerber said.
Filling board vacancies on the board has been controversial this year. Current village procedure calls for the president to make a suggestion for the seat and then the board to vote.
Following the April election, Soti Wilber was appointed to fill Sue Gerber’s seat when Gerber, a sitting trustee, won the village president race. Gerber recommended the next highest vote getter in the April election receive the appointment, but that idea found no support on the board and Wilber was approved by a 4 to 1 vote with Gerber voting against and Ironside abstaining, but not stating her reason for abstaining. Wilber had received the least votes of six candidates for trustee in the April election.
Then in May, Trustee David Snow announced he was resigning due to conflicts between his trustee duties and those of a new job. The village solicited letters from interested individuals and received five. One of the five, Paul Snellen, was appointed by a 4 to 2 vote in July, with Gerber and Barbara Ironside voting no.