Milton City Council will appoint new member
MILTON Voters did not elect any new faces to the Milton City Council on Tuesday, but they are going to get a new council member anyway.
Incumbent council member Brett Frazier was elected mayor and re-elected to his council seat. He will take the mayor position, and the council will appoint a new member to take his place, he said.
The council has no list of potential appointees at this time, Frazier said.
Incumbents Don Vruwink and Anissa Welch were re-elected and took first and second places, respectively. Along with Frazier, the three took more than 80 percent of the vote. Vruwink and Welch have served on the council since they were elected in 2011. Frazier first was elected in 2009.
Having a new face appointed to the council will be a good thing for the city, Welch said.
"I think that because we have a lot of new projects and we have the bypass to work on, we have a lot more challenges," Welch said. "I think if we appoint somebody, the makeup will be different and will bring different perspectives and different ideas to the city."
The council will be busy with projects such as a new splash park, the Highway 26 bypass, police station renovations and a new YMCA facility, Welch and Vruwink said.
The splash park is an example of the kind of forward-thinking work the council has done, Vruwink said. When completed—possibly this summer—the park will bring people into the city to spend the day or an afternoon, he said.
Voters should expect positive efforts from the council, Vruwink said.
"I think we have a very progressive, forward thinking council," Vruwink said. "I fully support that. I want to keep the city moving forward but not break the bank."
Write-in candidate Lynda Clark, a council member from 2002 to 2010, was not elected. Nor was Mike Verran, who bowed out of the council race, according to a Milton Courier report. His name remained on the ballot.