Sunday, September 27, 2020

COUNCILMAN SAM YOUNG RESIGNS SEAT


City Councilman Sam Young tended his resignation on Thursday of this week to City Manager Michael McNees. The Young residence on Lamplighter Drive has been listed for sale for almost 200 days and was recently sold.

Young was elected to a four-year term in November of 2018, less than a year and a half ago. Elected with Young were present Council Chairman Erik Brechnitz and Victor Rios.

Young came out of retirement from the field of health care sales after 35 years when he chose to run for his first political office, having moved here fulltime with his wife Sheree in 2005. However, politics were not new to him, as his father, the late Samuel H. Young served as a Representative from the Illinois 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. This was in addition to a number of high-ranking positions within the State of Illinois, in addition to having a successful law practice in that state.

In his short time as a councilor, Young obtained a reputation for having “passion” in the issues he would lobby for. Front and center of that agenda were water quality issues. He would take a leadership role in advocating for more investment in dealing with what he believed had been a neglected subject for all too long.

In commenting on Young’s resignation, Council Chairman Erik Brechnitz complimented Young. “Sam helped to move the issues dealing with water quality onto the front burner,” said Brechnitz.

He had a loyal following in that regard, even though some may have disagreed in his aggressive stances at times. However, no one ever questioned his commitment to the cause or his beliefs in tackling the problems before them.

Council will now have to refer to the City Charter for dealing with the vacancy. The Charter reads as follows.

CITY CHARTER SECTION 305 VACANCIES

3.  A vacancy on the Council shall be filled as follows:

(a) If a vacancy occurs and the remainder of the unexpired term is 28 months or less, the remaining Council Members shall, within sixty (60) days following the occurrence of such vacancy, by majority vote of the Council members, appoint a person to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term.

(b) If the remainder of the unexpired term exceeds 28 months, the remaining Council members shall, within sixty (60) days following the occurrence of such vacancy, by majority vote of the Council members, appoint a person to fill the vacancy until the next regularly scheduled City election at which the balance of the term for the seat shall be filled in accordance with Article V.

Council will meet on Monday, May 4 at their first scheduled meeting in May and discuss the matter. That meeting will begin at 5:30pm in Council Chambers. The next election for council will be held on November 3 on this year and will coincide with the national elections.

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