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Former Farnham trustee expresses frustration with board

FARNHAM — The Farnham Village Board was split over the reading of a resignation letter from former Trustee Scott Cordia.

Upon the advice of Village Attorney Edward Murphy III, Mayor Julie Gibbons brought the issue before the board on Oct. 15. Via a 3 – 2 vote (trustees George Cordia, Jere Hoisington and Yvonne Heller aye), that body approved the reading of the letter.

“On March 19, 2013, I was elected to the Farnham Village Board. While I was proud to represent the citizens of the village, I’m extremely disheartened at the direction of the board, and village in general,” Cordia said, in his resignation letter.

“Some recent decisions that have been made were out of fear of lawsuits and ‘to stop hearing the complaining,’ rather than what is right for the village taxpayers. I have witnessed bullying and lying by elected officials and I am above that. My intention was to help the people of this village and, unfortunately, this cannot happen with lies and bullying. What’s even more unfortunate is that you, as taxpayers, deserve better. Effective immediately, I am resigning from the village board.”

The letter was originally read at an emergency village board meeting held on Aug. 30. As the resignation was effective immediately, Peter Zaenglein, who lost an election to Cordia earlier this year, was appointed to fill the vacancy.

“We had no other choice than to accept his resignation with regret,” Gibbons said. “I wish that Scott had been more attentive to making it to board meetings, and I feel that his resignation was based on the fact that he was called on the carpet about it, and he decided that he didn’t want to be a part of this anymore.

“My option for someone to fill that spot was someone who has served on the board previously, so we welcomed back Trustee Zaenglein,” she added. “Welcome back, Pete, and thank you for agreeing to fill the remainder of this term. I’m happy to have Peter back on the board.”

In other news:

– A tentative grand opening for the village’s new Dollar General is scheduled for Nov. 9.

The next meeting of the Farnham Village Board will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
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