Salimao appointed Mayor Pro Tem, council looks for new addition
By a unanimous decision, the Marvin Village Council appointed Nick Dispenziere as the village’s new mayor Monday, Dec. 13.
The board also named council member Ron Salimao the new mayor pro tem.
Former Mayor John Ciaramella turned over the gavel during the village’s Nov. 9 meeting, addressing the crowd right after the Pledge of Allegiance and saying that he was ending a six-year tenure for personal reasons.
“It was a surprise,” Dispenziere, who had served this year as the village’s mayor pro tem, said. “The mayor only made about 30 percent of the meetings this year, so basically I was already chairing 70 percent of the council meetings. I didn’t expect to be appointed to replace him, however.”
The mayor’s attendance – or lack of it –had long been an issue of debate in the village, emerging as one of the central points of the 2009 campaign. On the village website, under the council page, an attendance roster is updated, detailing the meetings each council member has or has not attended. Since starting his second term in December 2009, Ciaramella had attended 39.47 percent of the meetings. While he attended two consecutive meetings in October, Ciaramella missed seven in a row before that, stretching back to August.
In Marvin, the mayor pro tem doesn’t automatically assume the mayor’s job after a resignation. Instead, the council votes on a replacement, to serve out the remainder of the term. Then the board appoints a resident to serve on council, until the next election.
With the new mayor in place, Dispenziere said the council is focused on finding a new member and moving forward with village business.
“I think this council has a good idea of where it wants to go,” Dispenziere said. “Right now, we’re working on acquiring the new park. We’ve been doing our due diligence. We’ve attempted to have dialogue with the surrounding neighbors, so that everyone feels comfortable. We want to have a nice park for our residents.”
Earlier this year, the village council announced plans to build the village’s first park, on a 27.68 acres between Phase I and Phase II of the Walden Pond subdivision. Village officials expect to complete purchase of the land by February.
In addition to acquiring the park, Dispenziere said the council will start taking applications from people who want to serve on the board, although there’s no timeline to find a replacement.