CW Council can’t decide on who will be council president

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Canal Winchester City Council began the new year at an impasse in electing a new council president.

However council did unanimously select Mike Coolman as council vice president during council’s Jan. 6 organizational meeting.

At that meeting council went into a closed door session for about an hour to discuss committee assignments and appointments after Mayor Mike Ebert and council members Bob Clark, Mike Walker and newly-elected council member Chuck Milliken were sworn in.

When council reconvened nominations were opened for council president. A motion to nominate Will Bennett failed, followed by a tie – also resulting in a failure – to nominate Mike Walker as president. According to council rules, the result ended in a temporary vacancy, which postponed the vote until a future meeting.

However, when council members turned to filling the vice president position, the consensus was easily reached with a unanimous vote for Coolman, who, in the absence of a president, conducted the rest of the organizational and regular council meetings.

Jill Amos was named chairman of the Rules Committee and will serve alongside Milliken and Coolman. Milliken was also appointed as Human Services representative. The Destination: Canal Winchester board member is Mike Walker, Canal Winchester Industry and Commerce Corporation representatives are Bob Clark and Pat Lynch and Amos and Bennett will again serve on the Canal Winchester Joint Recreation District board.

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