A split decision means a rematch in the battle for appointment to a vacant seat on the Champaign City Council.
Split 4-4 on their choice to fill a vacant District 3 seat, city council members have a problem.
Fortunately, it's a good problem to have, because both finalists — former council member Vic McIntosh and local restaurateur Tony Pomonis — have what it takes to be effective members of the nine-member body.
One way or the other, it probably will get settled when council members take up the issue again July 10.
In the meantime, the city hall intrigue will continue. Which one of the eight council members will reconsider his or her decision?
"I don't know how we're going to break" the tie, said council member Tom Bruno, who speculated that any change of mind probably will occur at the last minute.
Bruno already has changed his mind once during the selection process, initially favoring McIntosh before switching over to Pomonis.
He, along with fellow council members Will Kyles and Marci Dodds and Mayor Don Gerard, favor Pomonis, who ran unsuccessfully for the Champaign County Board but has no other political background.
Council members Karen Foster, Mike LaDue, Deb Feinen and Paul Faraci are backing McIntosh, who represented District 3 for eight years before opting not to run for re-election.
The two men are seeking appointment to the council seat vacated by Kyle Harrison, who recently announced that a planned move forced him to resign.
The eventual appointee will serve until next spring, when voters will fill the seat by election.
We continue to favor McIntosh for the appointment. Given his experience with city issues and familiarity with the council, he'd be a quick study for the short-term job. At the same time, we welcome Pomonis' decision to pursue a seat on the council, no matter what the outcome of the appointment process.
At a time when too few good people are willing to step up and serve in local government, it is reassuring that so much interest is being shown by such good people in the District 3 seat.