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Planning board, ZBA return to the Village of Farnham

For the first time in a very long time, the Village of Farnham has a Planning Board and a Zoning Board.

The necessity of the boards, which both have been dormant for over a decade, comes as decisions need to be made regarding the proposed Dollar General store, set to be built on the site of the former Farnham Elementary School.

“Our Planning and Zoning Boards have pretty much been non existent for many years because we didn’t have any need for them,” Mayor Julie Gibbons said. “At this point we have contacted all of the listed members. Every one of them were contacted and asked if they wanted to continue and remain in their position on the Planning and Zoning Board. This was done by phone and in-person. All ten members needed to indicate their wishes whether to continue or to resign.”

“Because we are in a situation with Dollar General, the purchase of the property, is contingent on this, people in the Village were asked if they were interested in serving on these Boards. We didn’t really have enough time to run an ad as to whether anyone else was interested. We ended up with four people resigning, and those were people were replaced, and approved by the Village Board.”

The existing Planning Board consisted of Chairman Duanne McCaulley, Thea Ells, Nick Spratz, Mick Way and Jimmy Russell. After contacting the member to gauge interest in continuing, Way was the only member to resign. He was replaced with Sue Zaenglein.

On the Zoning Board, the original board consisted of Harry Gibbons, Charlie Berns, Linda Andrzejewski, Steve Schilling, and Marie Way. Of those members, resignations were accepted from Way, Schilling and Andrzejewski, who were replaced by Ginger Schilling, Dolly Huffnagle and Steve Hamm.

All board member appointments were unanimously approved by the Farnham Village Board.

In other news:

• Trustee Peter Zaenglein was thanked for his service to the Board and dedication to the Village over this past year. He recently lost a special election for a one-year term to Scott Cordia.

• The 2013-14 tentative budget is currently on file at the Village Hall.

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