The village council last week appointed new liaison officers to its Planning & Zoning Commission as well as to the education and recreation advisory boards.
Councilman Jeff Hmara, who served as the recreation’s board’s liaison, was appointed liaison for the education board, replacing Councilman Richard Valuntas. Valuntas replaced Hmara as the recreation board liaison.
Councilman David Swift credited Valuntas with getting high school and elementary school principals and school board member Marcia Andrews to attend the education advisory board’s meetings routinely when he was that board’s liaison.
“That opened up the line of communication for school issues,” Swift said.
Councilman Fred Pinto nominated Swift, sworn in last week as the council’s newest member, as liaison for the Planning & Zoning Commission.
Council members say the boards, staffed by volunteers and appointees, play a key role in the village by helping it run efficiently. Last year, however, there was some discussion about the village doing a better job of defining the role of the liaison. There was also some talk about there needing to be more consistency among the boards. Each board operates under its own set of guidelines.
That discussion, however, didn’t go any further, with the boards still operating as they have in years past. The role of the liaison, the council said, is simply to observe and report findings to the council.
In other appointment news, Hmara was named vice mayor, replacing Pinto. The village neither votes on nor nominates its vice mayor. Instead, each council member takes turns for the one-year position, with Hmara having been next in line.