Washingtonville council adds another Frank to ranks


WASHINGTONVILLE — Village Council appointed Herman Frank III to fill its vacant council seat during Monday’s meeting.

Frank is the son of Mayor Herman Frank and Councilwoman Peggy Frank.

Council had 30 days to appoint a successor to Councilwoman Becky Vignon who resigned effective Dec. 31, 2018.

She cited specifically the disrespectful treatment by those in opposition to the 0.5-percent income tax that was enacted a just over a year ago, and repealed last November, that led to her resignation.

Frank was appointed with a 3-1-0 vote, with Councilman James McFarland voting against the appointment while Councilwoman Frank abstained.

McFarland said, “No comment” on why he voted no.

After a 17-minute executive session to discuss the seat which no resident had applied for, Council President Ron Stevens made the motion to appoint Frank with Councilman Al Vignon seconding it.

Frank was immediately sworn in after the vote. He is an LPN at New Day Recovery in Boardman and studying to become an RN.

He is a 2007 Leetonia High School graduate and this is his first political office.

Vignon had three years on her term which expires on Dec. 31, 2021, which Frank will serve.

He said, “I’m excited about it. I’m fair and I look at both sides of everything.”

Councilwoman Frank took note of the lack of interest in the seat by village residents.

“I appreciate that he stood up and joined the council to help deal with the problems that council is facing when no one, not a single person with issues with council, came forward to serve,” she said.

Councilman Frank, 29, has been a nurse for six years and worked in the health care industry for 14 years.

Council members make $100 a month.

In other business, council hired Daniel Rader, a retired U.S. Marine and former federal prison supervisor, to fill the street department and utilities department position that has been such a difficult issue to resolve.

Rader lives in Leetonia and said, “I actually wasn’t looking” for work but he found out about the position through his son.

“I’m tired of sitting around and want to get out,” he said, adding, “I’ll do a hard day’s work for you.”

He will be available for up to a maximum of 30 hours a week on an on-call basis and paid $9 per hour with no benefits.

He will be required to work flexible hours while splitting time time between the utilities department and the street department.

A current utilities department employee, a military reservist, is expected to be deployed on active duty beginning next month.

Stevens said, “The application looks good” and Mayor Frank said, “I have a feeling he can work with Brian (utilities department superintendent Gudat).”

Council hired Rader with a 6-0 vote and Mayor Frank said Gudat would get in touch with him.

In other business, Mayor Frank commended Street Department Foreman Ed Garrett and his crew for a great job clearing the streets during the weekend storm.

“He did a great job,” Frank said.