Oakwood Hills board appoints new trustee

Oakwood Hills resident Kurt Hummel was chosen to be a village trustee earlier this month.

Hummel will receive a monthly stipend of $100.

Village President Paul Smith wrote in an email that he chose to appoint Hummel as a village trustee because he exhibited the qualities that make for a high quality public official.

These include “integrity and a willingness to take on a job that very few people would want to do for a $100 monthly stipend.”

“I believe Mr. Hummel has the ability to bring an unbiased, neutral position to the board, along with a willingness to place the needs of the Village and our residents above his own,” Smith said. “These are rare attributes in this day and age.”

Hummel was the only official applicant for the position. Smith said there were a couple other inquiries, though, which did not pan out because of the time commitments that are required as a village trustee.

Trustees must attend one board meeting a month and be a member of at leat two standing committees, and chairperson of one of those committees.

Hummel will chair the public works committee and be a member of the public safety committee.

“I believe Mr. Hummel will be an excellent Chairperson of the Public Works Committee because he has a background in the trades, as well as excellent communication skills which will be invaluable when working with related services and Department Heads such as the Village Engineer, Building Commissioner, Townships,” Smith said.

Hummel could not be reached for comment.

Hummel replaces former trustee Mike Riley, who resigned in June.

In his resignation letter dated June 25, Riley cited medical issues for his reason for resigning.

“My current situation does not permit me to continue performing my duties as trustee in the best interest of the village,” he wrote. “I sincerely apologize for this action, but I must consider my health above all.”

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