Vacancy on Mt. Sterling village council

(Posted April 23, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Mount Sterling village council has an open seat. William Tilley, who was elected in 2021, recently moved out of the village and, as a result, had to resign from council. The remaining council members approved his resignation at their April 22 meeting.

Any Mount Sterling resident interested in filling the seat must submit a letter of interest to Courtney Bricker, fiscal officer, by 5 p.m. May 10. Letters can emailed to or dropped off at or mailed to town hall, 1 S. London St., Mount Sterling, OH 43143.

The remaining council members will select Tilley’s replacement. Interviews will take place in executive session at council’s regular May 13 meeting. Everyone who submits a letter of interest will get an interview. After the interviews, council will have the option to vote on a replacement at the same meeting.

The person who receives the appointment will serve out the remainder of Tilley’s term which expires on Dec. 31, 2025.

This will make the second appointment to fill a vacancy on council this year. In January, Craig Hix was appointed to fill Andy Drake’s council seat following Drake’s election to the mayor’s seat in November.

Also at the April 22 meeting:

  • Council approved the appointment of Hix to serve as chairman of the streets committee and the safety committee.
  • Council held second readings on resolutions calling for renewal of the village’s property and liability insurance, a new credit card policy, and a contract with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services. All three items of business will be up for third readings and potential votes at council’s May 13 meeting.
  • Council member Joyce Phillips, chairwoman of the parks and recreation committee, reported that the village is looking into hosting a kickball tournament. The tournament is tentatively set to take place in late June. She also noted that 180 youths are signed up to play summer ball through the Mount Sterling Eagles Youth League.
  • Council member Becky Martin reported a great turnout for the tree and beautification committee’s April 20 tree giveaway. The committee gave away 300 tree saplings and shrubs to community members, in addition to the 100 tree saplings they gave to Madison-Plains third-graders who participated in an Arbor Day event on April 19.
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