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 Val Trump to Continue Leading Knightstown Town Council

January 21, 2009 - The Knightstown Town Council voted unanimously last week to keep the same top officer for 2009, while opting for a new vice president.

Council President Valerie Trump received the council’s full support at the Jan. 15 monthly meeting to continue in that role another year. Terry Guerin was then unanimously approved as the council’s new second-in-command, replacing Clyde South, who held the vice presidency in 2008.

Trump’s nomination was made and seconded, respectively, by Guerin and council member Bob Weber. The nomination of Guerin was made by Weber and seconded by Trump.

Although the final votes confirming Trump and Guerin drew unanimous support, each came close to facing a challenge from South. Council member Steve Nelson had nominated South, first for the presidency and then for vice president, but when each motion failed to get a second, South withdrew his name from consideration.

Speaking to The Banner on Monday, Guerin said he had nominated Trump to continue as president because he felt she was doing a good job leading the council and didn’t see the need to “try to fix something that’s not broken.” As for his decision to seek the vice presidency, Guerin said that move “better suited (his) long-range intentions.”

Trump told The Banner Monday she enjoyed leading the council in 2008 and looked forward to doing the same this year. “I think we had a successful year, and I think that we’ll have a successful year this year,” she said. “We’re working in the best interest of the community and we’re doing everything that we can do to continue to provide good service to them, and that’s the goal. Obviously, we don’t want to cut services and we don’t want to cut people, and we’re doing everything in our power to make sure that we don’t.”

Financial issues, Trump said, are likely to continue to be a top priority for the council in 2009. “Obviously, we’re going to have to address the ongoing budget cuts from the state,” she said. “That’s going to be a big focus. ... We’ll also be identifying alternate sources of revenue ... to replace the sources we’ve lost through tax cuts.”

Other issues Trump said will be receiving the council’s attention this year include purchasing the land where the town’s water wells are located; selling the old town court building; adopting updated personnel policies for town employees; and finding a new grant writer to seek grants to purchase equipment for the Knightstown Police Department.

The Knightstown Town Council will hold a special meeting this Thursday, Jan. 22, in the council chambers at town hall, 26 S. Washington St., to consider hiring three new reserve officers for the KPD. Trump said the council will meet privately at 6:30 p.m. to interview the three applicants; any final hiring decisions, she said, will come during a public meeting immediately after the executive session.

More news from the Knightstown Town Council’s Jan. 15 meeting will be featured in next week’s Banner.

 

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