Sublette board approves new acting village mayor

By Tonja Greenfield, General Manager
Posted 7/22/19

SUBLETTE — A familiar face will be taking over the leadership of the village of Sublette.

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Sublette board approves new acting village mayor


SUBLETTE — A familiar face will be taking over the leadership of the village of Sublette.

Sublette Village Trustee John Stenzel, who is a former Sublette Village Board president for 16 years and village trustee for 10 years, was approved by a vote of 5-1 to be named acting mayor of the Village of Sublette for the two years left on Sublette Village Board President Michael Vaessen’s term. The resignation of Vaessen as Sublette Village President was entered into record at the start of the meeting on Monday night.

The board immediately went into executive session to discuss the filling of the Vaessen’s position after his resignation was entered. When the board returned to regular session, a motion was made for Stenzel to be acting mayor of Sublette. The vote was approved by 5-1, with Sublette Village Trustee Julie Kessel being the lone no vote. Stenzel was sworn in office by Sublette Village Clerk Brenda Vaessen. After being sworn in, Stenzel asked those in attendance for patience and said he appreciated everyone coming to the meeting.

According to the village attorney, as acting mayor, Stenzel does not have to resign from his village trustee position. He will continue to vote as a trustee, but in the event of a tie vote, he will not be allowed to break the tie, as the village president would.

During the comment section at the end of the meeting, Stenzel thanked everyone for appointing him as acting mayor. He added that he will try to do his best and would like the board to work as a team, work as a community.

In other board news:

  • Don Dinges reported that the U.S. Air Force Band will not be able to perform during the annual car show after all. He told the board that the band had to cancel coming to Sublette.
  • Stenzel said he has drafted a letter to send to Sublette water customers who are delinquent with their water bills. He said there are 13 accounts that are delinquent. The consensus of the board was to send the letters out to the customers.
  • Stenzel told the board that Sublette has always been known as a nice, clean, little town. He said that over the years, there have been times when letters had to be sent out to homeowners on ordinance violations on inoperable vehicles and properties that need cleaning up. He said that the village is going to start enforcing the ordinances on vehicles and properties that are in violation.
  • The board approved a motion to purchase tires from Chris Leffelman in the amount of $956.
  • The board approved a motion from Cain Builders to create an 8 foot by 29.5 foot loft in the news maintenance building. The cost of the new loft is $8,465.

The next Sublette Village Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 12 in the Ellice Dinges Center.