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Hebron Village Board looking to fill trustee seat

The landmark water tower in Hebron.
The landmark water tower in Hebron.

Applications are now being accepted for one open seat on the Hebron Village Board of Trustees that recently was vacated by John Santoro.

Michael Smoron, village attorney, said the village is interested in anyone who is a resident and “is interested in growing the village and helping the local economy and making the downtown area more vibrant.”

Trustees receive a salary of $75 for each meeting attended.

So far, two applications have been submitted and two more are expected Village President Kimmy Martinez said.

The deadline to apply is July 15. The only requirement is that the person be a resident for at least one year. Those interested may apply in person at the village hall, 12007 Prairie Ave., by mail or online at https://villageofhebron.org/announcements.

Santoro, elected in April for a four-year term, submitted a letter of resignation the morning of June 17. When reached for comment Friday, he declined to say what led to his decision.

Martinez will make the appointment of the new trustee and their term will last through the 2020 election. Interviews will be conducted with selected applicants. Whoever is selected would be sworn in at the September meeting.

Although Martinez acknowledged there has been some discourse in recent years with various trustees who have since left their posts, she said the current board of trustees works together well. Trustees are very hands-on and “very interested” in the success of the village.

She said trustees are active on boards and taking on duties “outside their lives and jobs” to see the success of the village.

“We have several committees,” she said. “Everybody has something to do. It is wonderful to have that. We have a nice group of trustees on the board who work well together … not perfect … but they don’t just sit up there and complain, they want to do something [and] that is how local government works. They are worried about the needs of Hebron and how we can improve the village not just now the future.”

In applying, candidates are asked about their interests and activities, any community involvement such as booster club, food pantries or Scouts, as well as any leadership roles, Martinez said.

“I absolutely love this town,” Martinez said, adding that she is excited of its progress including the creation of a full-time police department, expanded public works, new business, working within a budget and a new residential development breaking ground this summer.

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