Niles council expected to appoint new member tonight

Published 9:46 am Monday, January 25, 2016

The Niles City Council is expected to appoint a person to fill the vacant Fourth Ward council seat during Monday’s regular meeting.

The position opened when longtime councilman Scott Clark passed away Nov. 27.

The appointment does not appear on the agenda for Monday’s council meeting, but Administrator Ric Huff said he expects it to be one of the first items of business.

“I don’t know why, but historically it hasn’t been an agenda item, but an item introduced by a council member,” he said. “That is what I am expecting to happen at Monday’s meeting.”

Tim Skalla, who also represents the Fourth Ward on the council, said during the Jan. 11 meeting that he would make a motion to appoint John DiCostanzo to fill the seat.

DiCostanzo has served on the city’s planning commission and utilities board since 2012. Both are volunteer positions.

The city received 10 applications for the seat and they were distributed to council members for review.

It will take a majority vote of the council to appoint someone to the vacant spot on the council.

The new council member would be sworn in at Monday’s meeting.

The person who is appointed will have to run for the seat in the August primary election. The four-year term for the position is due to expire in November.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the Niles Fire Station, which is located at 1345 E. Main St.