Prairie Grove seeking applications for trustee opening

Former village president resigned from trustee spot

PRAIRIE GROVE – Longtime Village President Stan Duda resigned from his seat as a Prairie Grove trustee.

Duda, who was village president from 2009 to 2017, left office Nov. 1. He did not return a call seeking comment, and Village President Dave Robak did not want to speak for him, but he said in an email that Duda and the village “separated on reasonable terms.”

The village now is seeking applications from residents interested in filling the spot.

In an email to residents, Robak said the village is soliciting resumes to fill a recently vacated trustee position.

The appointed trustee would be serving a two-year term and have to run again in 2019 if he or she wished to keep the seat. Resumes should be submitted to Village Clerk Kim Minor at kminor@prairiegrove.org.

“If you have any questions or want to share interest, you can contact any board member or the village president,” Robak wrote.

Applicants must be Prairie Grove residents for at least one year before the appointment, remain a resident during their term, attend monthly board meetings and special meetings, and fulfill an oath to perform duties as a trustee.

Robak can appoint a nominee, and the Village Board can vote whether to elect that person.

As leader, Robak said his goals are to increase property values and business tax revenue; lower operations costs or mindfully improve services; and keep the tax levy as stable as possible.

“We are leading our town through a quiet time in development, but we are looking to improve operations, updating ordinances and look toward our future,” Robak said.

The village encourages interested applicants to attend the 7:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday at Village Hall, 3125 Barreville Road, Prairie Grove.

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