Champaign City Council set for fifth vote on District 3 seat
CHAMPAIGN — Maybe the fifth time's the charm.
The city council this week will try to pick a new representative for the District 3 seat after four rounds of tie votes and no decision last month. They are scheduled to vote on the appointment again when they meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the city building, 102 N. Neil St.
Lynn Anderson, Barbara Kenny-Langendorf, Vic McIntosh and Tony Pomonis each have been waiting for weeks to hear their names called to the council desk. Sitting council members were split 4-4 last month between McIntosh and Pomonis.
Whomever the council selects will be entitled to the seat until May 2013, when former council member Kyle Harrison's term is scheduled to end.
He announced his resignation in May this year before he moved to a new home outside his district.
Council members have 60 days from Harrison's effective resignation date of June 15 to fill the vacancy. Applications for the seat were due June 1. The candidates have been waiting since then to see who would get the required five of eight votes to win the seat.
So far, no one has gotten the five votes. And Mayor Don Gerard said it's anyone's guess how the tie will be broken.
"I have no idea," Gerard said. "I know that there's been individuals in the community who have been lobbying for their candidates."
Gerard voted for Pomonis in June, and he said on Sunday that he has not changed his mind. He also does not know if any of his colleagues on the city council have changed theirs.
Gerard was joined by council members Tom Bruno, Marci Dodds and Will Kyles in voting for Pomonis, who owns Merry-Ann's Diner. The others — council members Paul Faraci, Deborah Frank Feinen, Karen Foster and Michael La Due — supported McIntosh, who previously served on the council for more than a decade.
The fact that Pomonis and McIntosh were tied at 4-4 does not disqualify Anderson and Kenny-Langendorf. Anyone may be nominated when the appointment is called for a vote on Tuesday.