South Jax accepts resignation of trustee Smith

By Ryne Turke on July 23, 2015 at 10:12pm

A special South Jacksonville meeting was held on Thursday to accept the resignation of former trustee Sonnie Smith.

Over the summer, village residents began to question the legality of Smith’s catering business, which conducted business during Concert in the Cornfield events. On July 2nd, Smith announced her resignation during a public meeting.

Village President Steve Waltrip says trustees are still discussing possible candidates for the vacant position. Waltrip describes the ideal characteristics he is looking for in a trustee member.

“If we had somebody who was a prior trustee or had a knowledge of how a municipality works, that would be a good quality,” says Waltrip.

“I would like to have a young person interested in becoming a trustee get involved in what a business does at this level. I hope they would stick around, maybe run again and get some consistency going in the village.”

Trustees will revisit the vacant position during the August meeting. The individual selected to fill Smith’s seat will hold the position until April, 2017.

Trustees named Ted Dean as a new member of the Village Plans Commission Board. Dean will replace Jim Pate and the action is effective immediately.

In action items, trustees accepted the latest fiscal budget, which will run through April 30, 2016.

The additional costs in the budget include legal fee payments and the approval of a three percent pay raise for non-union employees. Waltrip says the previous budget was not fully used and that money will actually be saved due to the retirement of former Police Chief Richard Evans. The TIF status is unchanged from last year.

Trustees also announced they are formulating a plan to improve the water drainage problems in the village. A timetable for the plan was not announced.

Trustees briefly reviewed information on the South Jacksonville village website. Waltrip announced that outdated details have been deleted and a list of upcoming events is now being provided.