No move made on vacant council seat

By SHERRI KOLADE
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Residents will have to wait until May 1 to find out who will fill the vacant City Council seat.

During the City Council meeting April 24, council members tabled the nominations for a City Council appointment for their next meeting because there were not enough votes. Four votes were needed to select a candidate.

Five council members voted for three City Council nominees; Councilwoman Janet Badalow was not in attendance.

Council President Kenneth Baron, Councilwoman Marge Horvath and Councilman Ned Apigian voted for Joseph Kosinski. Councilman Tom Berry voted for Brian Pelts and Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton voted for Lisa Farrins. Berry moved to nominate all candidates in the running which was approved.

A total of four individuals submitted letters of interest along with their resumes, Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton said. The next council meeting on May 8 may decide their fate, she added.

“We do process all over again and we’ll see if that can make a difference we want to get somebody on board,” she said, adding that all candidates have great qualifications. “We wish we had more spots available for them (but we)encourage them to all stay involved and run in regular elections when positions become available because they all bring something to the table.”

If someone is elected to the vacant seat, they may be sworn in the same day.

In other business, the city approved it’s revised deficit reduction plan during the meeting. The total revenue for the 2011-2012 amended budget is $36.2 million. The projected 2013 forecast budget is $40.2 million. The forecasted 2014 budget is nearly $880,000 less.

The total expenses for the 2011-12 amended budget are $36,130,808. The forecasted 2013 expenses are $36,226,400. The forecasted 2014 expenses are almost $216,000 less.

The plan will be submitted to Michigan’s Department of Treasury.