SALINEVILLE-Council members wasted no time deciding Monday night who would fill the council seat left open when former councilmen Wayne Leishman resigned at the previous village council meeting on Nov. 18.
Current council members, who, with the exception of Council President Sally Keating, will finish their terms at the end of the year, voted unanimously to appoint Brian Zaverl to the council seat vacated by Leishman. Zaverl ran for village council in November's general election but failed to win a seat after finishing in fifth place with 13 percent of the vote.
Council discussed several options for filling the seat at the previous council meeting and said, legally, they could appoint whoever they saw fit to the position. However, council members decided it was most fair to appoint Zaverl since he finished just seven votes behind soon-to-be councilmen Jim Wilson.
Zaverl has lived in the village for about five years and is retired from a career in real estate. He previously served on the village Board of Public Affairs. Zaverl said after the meeting he was happy to be appointed to council even if the circumstances of his appointment were somewhat unusual.
"I put myself out there to be on council and a lot of people did vote for me," said Zaverl. "I feel I still have quite a few people who want me in the office."
In a meeting punctuated by squabbling between outgoing council members and Mayor Mary Smith, Zaverl said he hopes to put away the past and bring civility back to council meetings.
"Get things calmed down and move forward," said Zaverl, speaking about his hopes for his new appointment. "We need to eliminate this talk of what happened in the past-we can't have this kind of stuff. It's not good for the town."
In other business:
Council members will hold a special meeting Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:15 p.m. Buckeye Water District representatives will be present. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the fate of the former village water treatment plant.