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Council-at-Large seat currently open.Council-at-Large
Interested in public service? Due to a recent resignation, Grafton’s council-at-Large seat is open for council appointment. The qualified candidate must; be a Village resident on or before October 16, 2016, and a registered voter in Grafton. Letters of interest are to be submitted to Clerk Treasurer Amy Barnhart at 960 Main St, Grafton, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday and must be received on or before NOON October 2, 2018.
Letters of interest may include an accompanying resume, but a resume is not a qualifying requirement. Individuals who have submitted a letter of interest are encouraged to attend the Village Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 2, at 7:30 PM. Council will open the floor to all candidates for public comment and presentation limited to a 3-minute presentation, and individual Council members may ask candidates questions should they have any.
Council plans to appoint on or before October 23, 2018.
Ward 3John Lescher is currently in his ninth term on Village Council being first elected to office in 1985 and representing the residents of Ward 3. Councilman Lescher was elected by his peers on council to serve as their “Council President” in January 2016, a position he remains in today. John honorably served our country in the US Army 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War. His service then still positively impacting veterans now as he remains steadfastly involved in US veteran affairs, is a member of the VFW in Grafton, and works as an organizer for the historic remembrance group “Soldiers of History”. John Lescher formerly worked in the corporate world serving in several administrative-management positions specializing in human resources.___________________________________________________________________________
Ward 1Matthew (‘Matt’) Dukles is currently serving in his third term on Village Council being first elected to office in 2009 and reelected in 2013 and 2017, representing all the residents of Ward 1. Matt is a long-time Grafton business owner and proponent of downtown business sustainability and reinvestment. With that, Councilman Dukles has supported and encourage infrastructure reinvestment and revitalization throughout Grafton. Additionally, Councilman Dukles has taken up the cause for re-purposing equipment and assets of the Village no longer being utilized by Village personnel and departments, listing the assets for sale primarily on GovDeal (a governmental auction site). Matt’s efforts in this program has returned nearly $200,000.00 to Village finances in the past eight and a half years.___________________________________________________________________________
Ward 4Lynette Kitts is serving her first term on Village Council being elected to office in 2015 and representing the residents of Ward 4. Many know Councilperson Kitts simply as “Lynette”, who has faithfully delivered their mail here in Grafton while working for the United States Postal Service for the past 26-years. Lynette championed the funding of the “downtown beautification floral program” in 2017 where she worked personally with a local manufacture to design brackets that would attach to the existing ornamental light polls and worked with a local grower to design the flower arrangements all enjoyed in 2017. Because of her efforts in 2017, the “downtown beautification floral program” continues to this day.___________________________________________________________________________
Elizabeth (Liz) Sauer
Ward 2Elizabeth (Liz) Sauer is currently serving in her second term on Village Council being first elected to office in 2013 and reelected in 2017, representing the residents of Ward 2. Liz is and remains an active member in the Grafton community, recently serving as council’s representative to the 2017 Bicentennial Committee. Liz played a pivotal part in many Bicentennial events including the development of Bicentennial Park at the corner of Main St and Mechanic St. When grant-funding for the development was unsuccessful, Councilperson Sauer lead the effort to create and manage village funding for the park development. Her efforts with the support of her colleagues on Council, provided funding allocations that not only supported funding for Bicentennial Park, it allowed the administration to design and complete the project on-time and at less than 50% of engineering’s original cost-to-construct estimate. Bicentennial Park was dedicated on July 1, 2017.___________________________________________________________________________Amy Barnhart
Clerk-TreasurerAmy Barnhart is serving in her first term as Clerk-Treasurer of the Village of Grafton. Amy is a 30-year member of the Grafton community and after serving 25-years in the banking industry, Amy sought and was elected to serve as Grafton’s Clerk Treasurer in 2015. The Clerk-Treasurer position bears several primary and secondary responsibilities including managing municipal finances, public records, managing employee benefits and budget funding management to mention a few. Amy served on the 2016 Bicentennial Ball Committee. Amy serves along side with the Village Administration and is actively involved with the Administrations contract negotiations and plays a vital role establishing project funding and project financing on all public-works projects.
Schedule of Monthly Meetings
Council Meetings: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of month 7:30 PM unless otherwise noted. Planning Commission and or Board of Zoning Appeal meet 3rd Tuesday when scheduled.
Upcoming Village Council Meetings;
October 2018 – meeting on the 2nd and 16th @ 7:30 PM
November 2018, – meeting on the 6th (ELECTION DAY) and 20th @ 7:30 PM
December 2018, – meeting on the 4th and 18th @ 7:30 PM
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