BY RICHARD HALLETT
At the Monday, March 28, meeting of the village board, Mayor John Romano bid farewell to a village trustee who served on the board for 19 years.
When Romano asked the trustees for new business, Donna Thomas took her turn and prefaced her remarks with a short statement.
“This feels strange,” she said.
Speaking with emotion, Thomas read from notes as she informed the board of her official resignation, effective March 31.
Thomas recently moved from her home on McMaster Street to live with her father, who resides outside the village limits on Frederick Street.
“It’s just 75 feet outside the village line, but the law is the law,” said Thomas. By law, a village trustee must reside within the village limits.
Thomas thanked the board and her fellow trustees, calling them “the best worker bees ever.”
Thomas first ran and won a seat on the village board in 1992, prompted, in part, by a frustrating experience she had with the board a year earlier when it refused to remove from her property a large tree with limbs that hung dangerously close to her house.
Persistence and repeat visits to village board meetings finally convinced the board to fell the tree, but the experience stirred within Thomas ambitions to be on the other side of the table. As a trustee, perhaps she could help other residents avoid a similar predicament.
“The village is a better place because of Donna,” said Romano. “It will be strange not having her sitting to my right.”
Thomas leaves with two years of her term remaining.
“I loved it,” said Thomas of her time on the board. “But I know I leave the village in great hands.”