OPEN SEATS on the VILLAGE BOARD
CONSIDER APPLYING TODAY!
DEADLINE IS MAY 10, 2021 – CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM
The election of Jake Holzwart as village president created a vacancy in the position of village trustee. The term for this “one-year” position ends April 18, 2022. In addition, Trustee Louis Wilmot has announced his resignation from the Village Board in late May. The term for this “two-year” position ends April 17, 2023.
The Village Board will fill both of these village trustee positions by appointment. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the local decisions that affect everyday life in the Village. Learn about what it takes to run a village, and provide the services that are so easily overlooked each day!
Board Duties. The Village Board establishes policy for the local government and oversees local services affecting the public health, safety, and welfare, including streets and parks, water and sewer, finances and public safety, and much more. The Board has a village president and six village trustees, all of whom serve two-year terms. The Village currently has 7 full-time employees that implement Board policy and manage day-to-day operations.
Trustee Duties. In practice, a trustee is usually appointed by the village president to at least one standing committee—Finance and Budget Committee, Human Resources and Public Safety Committee, or the Public Works and Utilities Committee. There are other appointed bodies to which a trustee may be appointed, such as Plan Commission, Board of Review or the Emergency Government Committee. A new trustee usually begins on a standing committee as a committee secretary, with primary responsibility for the meeting record, also known as meeting minutes. These are created with the assistance of Village staff, so no special knowledge or experience is needed.
A trustee attends all Village Board meetings, and meetings of the appointed committee. A trustee prepares for discussion through timely review of the meeting packet. In addition, staff is available as much as needed to answer questions and provide background detail. No one comes into the job with a full understanding of Village operations!
Meeting Dates. The Village Board meets the third Tuesday of each month (with some exceptions); the Plan Commission meets the first Wednesday each month, except in January and July; and the standing committees meet monthly on a schedule determined by each committee.
Compensation. Trustee compensation for any Village government meeting is paid per meeting attended. The rate is $30 per meeting, except the rate for attendance at a Village Board meeting is $75 per meeting.
Timeline for Appointment. The Village Board will review the applications and interview the candidates at its May 18, 2021, meeting. The appointment for the one-year position may be made that evening; the appointment for the two-year position will be made at a meeting after Trustee Wilmot’s resignation is effective. This will most likely be the June 15, 2021, monthly meeting, although the Board may choose an alternative date.
Questions? Contact any Village Trustee or Director of Village Services Stacy Grunwald with questions on any aspect of serving or applying. Phone numbers and email addresses are listed on the ‘Contact Us’ page of the website, www.clevelandwi.gov, or by calling the Clerk’s Office at (920) 693-8181.
How do I Apply? Complete a 2021 Trustee Application Form and place it in one of the drop boxes at Village Hall or email it to Stacy Grunwald at email@example.com on or before Monday, May 10, 2021. The form can be downloaded from the Village website or is available by mail or pickup by calling the Clerk’s Office at (920) 693-8181.