Four of the five candidates for the three open seats on the Sublette Village Board were given an opportunity to introduce themselves and say why they are running for the board during the March 11 board meeting. Left to right, are former village trustee and board president John Stenzel, incumbent Richard Klaser, former village trustee Robert Bulfer and incumbent Scott Hanson. Not pictured is Jeff Myers, who was unable to make the meeting due to work. The election will be held on April 2. (Reporter photo by Tonja Greenfield)
SUBLETTE — The Sublette Village Board invited all five candidates running for the three open seats on the April 2 election to attend the board meeting on March 11 and introduce themselves and say why they were running for the board.
The five candidates are incumbent Scott Hanson and Richard Klaser, former village trustee Robert Bulfer, former village trustee and board president John Stenzel, and local business owner Jeff Myers. Current Sublette Village Trustee Jerry Leffelman is not seeking re-election to the board.
Myers, who owns Sublette Trucking Company, was on the road during the meeting and was unable to attend.
Klaser gave his history of being on the board, saying he has served on the village board for 10 years.
Bulfer said he served two terms on previous boards and that he would like to get back on the board. He said the there are some things in the village he would like to see cleaned up, but overall, he thinks the village is progressing very well.
Stenzel said he was a trustee for 10 years and the mayor/village president for 16 years. He said his job has changed, making him more available to get back involved with the village.
In other board business:
• Sublette Village Board President Michael Vaessen presented Steve Klein of Sublette Farmer’s Elevator with a proclamation recognizing the business for celebrating its 100th anniversary.
• Don Dinges said he attended an area economic development meeting in Peru recently and learned that the state of Illinois is looking to offer grants for capital projects the village may want to do. Dinges said he has the grant applications and will get together with Vaessen to identify any infrastructure that the village would want to seek a grant for.
• Two items were turned over to the village property committee for recommendations. The first is selling the Chevy 3500 with snow plow. The vehicle has almost 39,000 miles on it. The board asked the property committee to come up with a price in which to sell the vehicle. The other matter referred to the property committee was what to do with the old maintenance building – lease it or demolish it.
The next Sublette Village Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m., on Monday, April 8, in the Ellice Dinges Center.