|Fortener returns to 2nd Ward council seat|
|Monday, January 27, 2014 9:00 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — Jim Fortener will return to the city’s 2nd Ward council seat next month.
Fortener was appointed by council after a short executive session during a special meeting Monday evening.
“I know you guys know where my heart lies from spending the last two years on council,” Fortener said to his peers. “I am passionate — passionate for our town.”
Second Ward resident James Schrader also expressed interest in taking the seat.
“I want to be more involved in the community,” said Schrader, who works first shift in maintenance and engineering at Potash Corp. in Lima. “I’m new to this. I want to become part of the solution instead of someone just complaining.”
Council asked Fortener and Schrader several questions after they each introduced themselves at the beginning of the meeting.
Councilman Kevin Osting asked each what they felt was council’s No. 1 priority. Both answered quickly and cited the budget, with Fortener adding binding residents together, getting more people involved and issues at the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilman Josh Gillespsie asked if the pair’s family brought in $1,000 and had $1,200 of expenses, would he decrease expenses or try to add income.
“I would cut expenses right away but still look for more income,” Fortener said.
Schrader said he would look for more income before cutting expenses.
Council also asked Fortener what mistakes he thought council has made in the past 6-9 months.
“For myself, I think voting against the Fisher Plumbing and Heating zoning was a mistake,” Fortener began. “I think we should also, as a council, have been more forceful and more supportive with the income tax levy. Third, we prolonged too many decisions. We went meeting after meeting and at the end still didn’t make a decision.”
After Fortener’s appointment was announced, Councilman Joe Martz told Schrader he hoped he stayed involved but council felt Fortener’s time on council gave him and edge.
“Both candidates have good strengths but Jim already has experience,” Martz said.
Fortener will be sworn in at the Feb. 3 council meeting.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:10 PM|