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New trustee appointed in Fredonia, two others fail to get nod

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward Fredonia Village Hall.

Scott Johnston has been appointed to one of the two vacant seats on the Fredonia Board of Trustees Monday at the regular board meeting.

“I’d like to make a motion that we hold a vote on the prospective people we have for the two vacant seats on the board of trustees,” Trustee James Lynden started as he opened up discussion for the filling of these positions. “There are four people who have expressed interest. We had one vote at a previous meeting that did not pass. There’s three other people who have expressed interest, they all have qualifications, some more than others.”

The other two candidates were Brad Meyers who was the Fredonia police chief for many years and retired just a year ago. Meyers participated in budgets and committees, attended all the board meetings during his career. Michael Barris, a past board member that is familiar with the process, was also considered.

After putting each candidate forward for a vote, Lynden was unable to get a second on either Barris or Meyers, but did achieve a second on Johnston in the form of EvaDawn Bashaw. Following her second the three trustees voted unanimously on Johnston for appointment despite some concern from Lynden.

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