Round Hill is almost two weeks past its deadline to appoint an interim Town Council member, but it won’t be doing so for another three weeks.
Town Administrator Melissa Hynes said the town received only one application, from Michaela Van Mecl, to fill a Town Council vacancy that was left by Michael Minshall on Sept. 7 when he resigned to prepare for a move to Missouri.
Although the town charter gives the town 60 days from the date of the vacancy to make an appointment, creating a Nov. 6 deadline, the town last month decided to push that deadline to its Nov. 15 Town Council meeting to give residents more time to apply, since the vacancy wasn’t posted on the town’s website until Oct. 10.
Of course, a snowstorm forced the town to reschedule that meeting to Dec. 6. The Town Council is now set to interview candidates before it makes an appointment at the meeting—30 days past the 60-day deadline.
As for soliciting interest in the vacancy, Hynes said that it’s now up to councilmembers to talk to their friends, neighbors and members of local community organizations to get them to apply.