Village council to proceed with filling mayor’s position

MCDONALD — With the village mayor moving to a state representative position next year, McDonald council will be meeting next month to name a temporary replacement before an election is held in May to name a successor.

Mayor Glenn Holmes on Nov. 8 was elected to serve as representative to the 63rd Ohio House District and is finishing the first year of his third, four-year term as village mayor. The mayor also serves as president of council.

Council President Pro-Tem Michael O’Brien said Wednesday that council in December will name a new council president for 2017 who will serve as mayor from January to May when a special election will be held to fill the remainder of Holmes’ unexpired term through December 2019.

In other business, council gave a first reading for increasing water rates in 2017.

O’Brien said waterlines and infrastructure at the water plant need replaced and repaired. Holmes said the increase will be approximately 20 percent.

Niles officials also are moving forward with raising water rates by 15 percent, which will raise $900,000.

Both McDonald and Niles get their water from the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District.

Also at the meeting, council announced the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the fire station off Ohio Avenue with Santa Claus to arrive by fire truck. There will be holiday activities, caroling and refreshments at the fire station.