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Councilmen say position should be advertised

November 12, 2012
Morning Journal News

COLUMBIANA The planning commission chairman who ran for council last year should not be appointed to the commission for another term without the vacancy advertised first, Councilmen Bob Bieshelt and Bryan Blakeman said this week.

Bieshelt was opposed to appointing Richard McBane to another six-year term without first giving other community members a chance to apply.

He said doing so without advertising first is "reckless," especially since McBane shared campaign advertising with two people who currently serve on council.

McBane and Lowell Schloneger and Mary Harold Calinger were listed together on campaign signs distributed throughout the area last year.

If elected, McBane would have ousted Bieshelt, who was running as an incumbent at that time. Bieshelt retained the seat by earning 20 more votes.

While Blakeman agreed the positions should have been advertised first, he indicated that Bieshelt's intentions may have been more personal.

"I understand your position on why you are trying to do this- and the public can see through it as well- but I don't think it's right," he said of the appointments.

Bieshelt asked City Manager Keith Chamberlin if anyone else had expressed an interest in the seats, to which Chamberlin said he wasn't sure.

Bieshelt then said that he was "fairly certain" Don Oberholtzer had applied, and asked Chamberlin if his application was on file.

Chamberlin said he did not have the application and then explained that the vacancies weren't listed in the newspaper because the individuals were suggested by assistant building and zoning inspector Bob Belding.

"Since they were already serving in those capacities and expressed an interest it was not posted in the paper," he said.

Bieshelt then made a motion to table the appointment, but it failed by a 3-2 vote.

The motion to re-appoint McBane passed by a 3-2 vote, with Bieshelt and Blakeman opposed. The six-year term will begin Jan. 1.

"I want to go on the record saying I'm very disappointed that three members of council" are OK with this, Bieshelt said.

The remaining two appointments also passed by a 3-2 vote, with the same two councilmen opposed.

Terry Kelley and John Sutherin were re-appointed to the board of zoning appeals. The three-year terms will both begin on Nov. 25.

Councilman James King was absent from the meeting.



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