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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 30, 2014

Libertyville plans to appoint mayor by mid-February

By DONNA SCHILL CLEVELAND, Ledger staff writer | Jan 09, 2013

LIBERTYVILLE — Libertyville has 40 days to appoint a new mayor beginning Tuesday, when the city council accepted the resignation of Mayor Darryl Davison.

Davison submitted his resignation Dec. 15 after a year of service, informing the city he and his family would be moving to Wisconsin to accept a recent job offer.

“I was hoping for a packed room of people wanting to be mayor,” said mayor pro-tem Rod Nelson at the meeting Tuesday night.

Nelson said he formerly had two candidates, but said they both changed their minds when they learned there was another contender.

“As soon as we talked to The Ledger we scared them off,” said Nelson. “They said, ‘If someone else is interested, they can do it.’”

The council said they’d work on finding a replacement before its next meeting in February, when members hope to swear in a new mayor.

The city had the option to appoint a new mayor or to hold a special election, according to the Jefferson County auditor’s office. The city has opted to appoint a mayor, and residents will have the opportunity to vote on the matter during the November election.

The council appointed Davison during the city’s last search for a mayor. During Libertyville’s Nov. 8 election in 2011, the two highest mayoral write-in vote recipients, Ruth Briggs and Bob Glass, declined the position as well as Nelson. Davison, who’d lived in Libertyville for two years, offered to fill the role in December.

The city will soon be looking for another councilmember as well. Councilman Allan Love made a motion Tuesday, which passed unanimously to request the resignation of councilman Tim Messer due to unexcused absences at city meetings.

The council agreed that going forward, members would be asked to resign after missing three meetings in a year.

“When dealing with three or more unexcused absences, we can assume they’re not interested in being on the council,” said Nelson.

The council will decide Thursday whether or not to increase compensation for the mayor and council members.

Currently, the city pays the mayor $30 per meeting, $20 for each council member.

Councilman Wes Davis suggested the rate be changed to $50 for the mayor and $30 for council members.

City clerk Karen Blakley said 2004 was the last time the council received a raise. She also said last she checked, Libertyville paid city employees the second lowest salary in the state.

The city’s budget meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Libertyville Community Center.

“Obviously no one’s out to do it for the money,” said Tom Atwood, “but it couldn’t hurt to raise it, it might increase interest in the positions.”

In other news, the council announced nominations for Libertyville’s annual outstanding citizens awards honoring volunteers, businesses and contributors.

Libertyville residents nominated Bev Nelson and her son Trent Nelson for the Volunteer of the Year award. Bev Nelson is a local resident who is an active committee member for the community center, the Little League and Libertyville Elementary School.

A resident nominated Trent Nelson for his dedication to watering the flower boxes throughout town all summer long. Blakley explained that schoolchildren plant the flowers and water them in the spring, but need to be cared for while students are on summer break.

“Trent waters them all summer long,” said Blakley.

Rod Nelson also was nominated for his help installing

holiday lights in town each winter.

Haney Auto Repair & Sales was nominated for Business of the Year, and Ed Miller as Contributor of the Year. Blakley said Miller suggested the city enroll in a Walmart program, which now supplies salt for city sidewalks for free.

Blakley said the city will select the finalists and present them with awards at a later date.

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