Opposites elected to council
Waynesfield Village Council meetings may be the forum for some heated discussions once the new administration begins in January.
With six people running for two available seats, two candidates who were on opposite sides of a deeply contested issue were voted seats on Waynefield Village Council in Tuesday’s election.
William Motter, 106 Cook St., and Richard Libby, 101 Anthony Wayne Trail, were elected to the council.
Motter was the top vote-getter with 137 votes, while Libby was closely behind with 108. Incumbent Ronda Knox had 97 votes while newcomers Jim Caster and Richard Hardin each received 79 votes, and Nicole Weekly had 45. The results are unofficial until provisional ballots are counted and the election is certified.
Chris Wilson, the other incumbent, chose not to run for the council.
During his campaign, Motter voiced strong support of returning a Board of Public Affairs to the village, which would ultimately erase the job of village administrator, currently held by Fred Rowe.
Motter admitted it did present a strange dilemma for the village and it was something the council would have to work on during the next term.
“I was totally surprised by the results,” Motter said after the election Tuesday. “What I can do is try to follow through with what I have said I would do. I think a Board of Public Affairs works better because it is better to have three local people managing local affairs than an out-of-towner.
“But I think the first thing to do is get the opinion of the people,” he said. “I will go door-to-door and present what I find out to the rest of council.”
Libby, who owns IPS West, LLC in the village, was an avid supporter of Rowe and the said he had made big strides for improving the infrastructure of the village. He was against re-establishing the Board of Public Affairs.
Libby was unable to be reached by telephone after the election Tuesday night or by tele phone this morning.
However, Libby has said in the past that he has seen the positive infrastructure changes to the village the last few years. He bought the IPS plant in 2008.
“The addition of a village administrator has given us the ability to have someone devoting all their efforts to the village’s business on a full-time basis,” Libby said. “I decided to run because I was worried that there was an inclination by some to go back to a Board of Publc Affairs. Seeing what has been done, I didn’t think that was the answer.”