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By Caitlin R. King
The Calhoun County Board of Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting Monday, May 16, where several matters were discussed, most notably, the need to fill a variety of vacant leadership positions within the county.
Much like the previous months’ meetings, membership in the zoning and planning boards, respectively, was discussed by the commission. The push for more members comes following the resignation of Janet Droege and Gary Rose from the zoning board.
Luckily, the board was able to find a replacement for Droege. The board unanimously voted to appoint Rosemary Barczewiski to the zoning board.
Commissioner Doug Wilscheltz made the motion for the approval of Barczewiski’s appointment, stating “I think she would do a great job on the zoning board.”
Gary Rose’s place on the zoning board is still in need of a replacement. The planning board is also in need of more members. Chairman Terry Woelfel reiterated the importance for those interested in joining either board to reach out to him and the commission if there are any questions regarding the positions.
In a similar vein, the county commission is down one member following the resignation of Sarah Kinder last month. The board has the opportunity to appoint someone to take over for the remainder of Kinder’s term. State statute states that the appointment must be of someone in the previous holder’s political party. The county commission is awaiting a recommendation of who to appoint from the Calhoun County Democrats.
During the meeting, Charles Burch, who previously worked as the county’s States Attorney, volunteered himself for consideration for the seat. Burch’s reasoning for offering himself up for consideration was because of members of the community.
“A couple of people came up to me and asked if I would be willing to do that. And I said, well, it’s three years and that would be something I would considerably think about doing,” Burch said. “I do not want to run for a six year term because I’m 75 years old, and practically speaking, I think that’s a little optimistic. But I would really like to try to seek the remainder of Sarah’s term.”
The board has until June 18 to appoint someone to fill the vacancy made by Kinder’s resignation. In preparation for the primary election on June 28, the county commission’s next meeting will be on Monday, June 13, at 5 p.m. in the Marvin Richter Administrative Building at 301 S County Road, Hardin, IL 62047. The public is encouraged to attend.