Hix appointed to Mt. Sterling council seat

Craig Hix

(Posted Jan. 31, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

A vacancy on Mount Sterling village council has been filled. Craig Hix, who previously served on council, was appointed to the seat in a split vote.

The seat became available at the start of this year when Andy Drake vacated it to take office as mayor. The term for the vacated seat expires on Dec. 31, 2025. The remaining council members were tasked with selecting someone to complete the term.

For several weeks, starting in mid-December, they accepted letters of interest from community residents. During their Jan. 22 meeting, they interviewed everyone who expressed interest: Hix, Kathi Carson, Jacob Keever, Angela McFarland, and Alex Myers.

After the interviews, council member Becky Martin motioned to select Carson. That motion failed 1-4 with Martin casting the lone “yes” vote. Council members Ross Anderson, Joyce Phillips, Bill Tilley, and David Timmons voted “no.”

Timmons then motioned to select Hix. The motion passed 3-2 with Timmons, Phillips, and Tilley voting “yes” and Anderson and Martin voting “no.” Hix was sworn into office after the meeting.

Hix previously was appointed to village council in 2019 and served for three years. He ran for election to a full term in 2021 but did not win. He has since served as a citizen member of council’s nuisance and abatement committee and records retention committee.

As for why he threw his hat in the ring for this latest appointment, Hix said he enjoyed his previous time on council and, being retired, has time to dedicate to the position.

“I have interest in promoting the village and seeing it move forward,” he said.

Committee appointments
Also at the Jan. 22 meeting, council approved appointments to standing committees, as recommended by Phillips, council president pro tem. The vote was 4-1. Martin cast the lone “no” vote.

The committees and their chairs for 2024 are:
Finance–Phillips
Water–Phillips
Parks and Recreation–Phillips
Nuisance and abatement–Martin
Streets–Tilley
Safety–Tilley
Tree Beautification–Martin
Records Retention–Timmons

Additionally, council members were named to serve as village representatives on the following boards/committees: planning–Phillips; zoning–Anderson; EMS–Phillips; township–Tilley; and fire–Anderson.

Council also approved the appointment of Barry Hughes as a member of the planning committee and Mick Phillips as a member of the zoning committee. Both are filling seats vacated by members who have moved out of town. The vote for Hughes was 5-0. The vote for Phillips was 4-0, with Joyce Phillips abstaining.

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