LANSING —The fifth vacant seat on the Lansing Board of Aldermen was officially filled Tuesday night after the board voted to approve Matthew Cordell as a new alderman.
Cordell, co-owner of Pie on the Mountain, had submitted a letter to the town requesting to join the board as the fifth alderman earlier this month.
The fifth seat had remained open after former alderman Dylan Lightfoot was elected Lansing Mayor in November. Because his alderman seat was not up for election, the seat was left vacant.
According to Lightfoot, he and alderman Michelle Slaton both previously became aldermen through the same process which permits the board to vote in the event that someone wishes to take an open alderman seat.
Alderman Jack Brown said that having a local Lansing merchant could be helpful to the board who often hear from the public.
“I think that’s what we need,” Brown said. “Somebody that meets the public day to day and that can listen to some of the complaints.”
Lightfoot suggested filling the seat to help accommodate the board’s need to make decisions quickly since they only meet for regular meetings once a month.
“A lot of the projects we work on are time sensitive where we come to a moment where a decision has to be made on something,” Lightfoot said. “With a board of four members, all it takes is for one person to be sick or not be able to come and you’re thrown 60 to 90 days behind on making an important decision.”
The board also entered into closed session Tuesday night to create a public works position for the town.
According to Lightfoot, the position was created to meet the increasing need for someone to maintain town and park property.
“This merges into one job description a few others we had been contracting for, simplifying day-to-day operations without costing us more than we were paying for contracted services like mowing and water service cut-off/turn-on,” Lightfoot said.
Lightfoot said that Larry Blevins will serve as the official maintenance technician, a position he has regularly filled unofficially and often on a volunteer basis.
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