To the Editor:
Congratulations to Tom Kishman for being selected by unanimous vote to be the new member of the village of Minerva Planning and Zoning Board. I am sure Tom will do quite well to represent his best interest on the board.
However, at this point, there is a question, a red flag question, that must be asked of the mayor and council members. How is it that the nomination and immediate second to the motion with a plural yeah vote from all council members and no discussion exemplifies and upholds the Sunshine Law in the state of Ohio?
It is my understanding that council represents the voting public residents of the village and therefore is remiss in not having a public discussion since there were other persons interested in being on the planning/zoning board. Since the vacancy was publicly advertised, is it not a requirement to have a public discussion of those interested parties? Or is it assumed the “Good Old Boy” network is alive and flourishing when a “blind eye” looks the other way? Also, does not the village law director have a legal responsibility to speak up and assure the vote and subsequent discussion is adhered to according to the Sunshine Law?
With the onset of the oil and gas industry in what may become the largest economic boom to the village of Minerva and the surrounding area that has been enjoyed in several decades, one would think that leaders of the community would insist that everything be adhered to by the letter of the law or is it business as usual and once again the village of Minerva will fall short in being a leader with positive long term growth to sustain the future generations with employment and opportunities for fundamental living?
Villages and cities only succeed with fair and equitable leadership and a vision for prosperity for their residents when they represent the people as a whole and not one individual. The village of Minerva Planning and Zoning Board needs a member who is open to all potential business opportunities that want to locate in Minerva and not to be a competitive interest, which could or would discourage any new business coming into Minerva.
East Rochester, OH