Outgoing Salem Lakes President Diann Tesar is not leaving her post gracefully, according to some Village taxpayers. “This is sour grapes and I don’t know why I expected anything else,” one resident told KCE. “The new board should be picking these appointments, not four people we just sent packing.” The four incumbents lost hugely in one of the largest grassroots movements this county has seen in decades.
Outgoing Village President Tesar, along with outgoing trustees Ted Kmiec, Mike Culat, and Dan Campion, are set to vote on twelve different appointments.
The most controversial, is Tom Strachan, the Fire Commission’s president. He vows to keep the embattled Chief, James Lejcar on the job. The lame-duck board also recently voted to allow the commission itself to choose its chairman, no longer the Village President, as was the long-time practice. Most see this as move to keep Strachan in power.
Other to be appointed are:
Park Commission: Shelly Ericksen, Katie Volbrecht,
Plan Commission: Eric Ericksen, Bruce Nopenz, Jeff Albrecht (Alt), Roger Johnson (Alt)
Fire Commission: Tom Strachan, Application of Steve Urban
Board of Appeals: Bruce Nopenz, Vickie Galich
Board of Review: Jeff Albrecht, Shirley Boening
Trustee Bill Hopkins isn’t comfortable with the timing and will take action to table the appointments for the new board.