Aichele step­ping down from Town Coun­cil

Rappahannock News - - MEETINGS • CROSSWORD - By Luke Christo­pher Spe­cial to the Rap­pa­han­nock News ➤ Video at rapp­

Washington Town Coun­cil mem­ber Gary Aichele an­nounced at Mon­day night’s (Oct. 9) reg­u­lar meet­ing that he would be step­ping down at the end of the month be­cause he’s mov­ing to a new res­i­dence a half mile out­side the town’s bor­der.

Aichele has served on the coun­cil since De­cem­ber 2014, and was deeply in­volved in the town’s sale last year of the Avon Hall es­tate.

“Hav­ing served with Gary on the Avon Hall work,” said Alan Comp, a mem­ber of the town plan­ning com­mis­sion, and “just watch­ing the depth of your com­mit­ment to this com­mu­nity . . . I have seen a cit­i­zen that should be deeply ap­pre­ci­ated.”

“I’d like to put on the agenda next month an item that we en­large the town’s bound­aries so that Gary can stay on the coun­cil,” coun­cil mem­ber Mary Ann Kuhn joked.

Mean­while, Aichele’s even­tual re­place­ment — all seven coun­cil mem­bers, in fact — could pos­si­bly serve an ex­tra six months of their terms, from next June 1 to Dec. 31, if the coun­cil takes the ad­vice of Rap­pa­han­nock County Reg­is­trar of Vot­ers Kim McKier­nan, who has rec­om­mended the town con­sider mov­ing its elec­tions, which are now held in May, to the reg­u­lar Novem­ber gen­eral elec­tion.

She pointed out that dur­ing the town’s last elec­tion on May 6, 2014, 30 res­i­dents voted at a cost of $3,420, or $114 per vote. Hold­ing the town elec­tions dur­ing the Novem­ber gen­eral elec­tion will save the town money, McKier­nan noted, and the town also might get a bet­ter turnout from its ap­prox­i­mately 130 res­i­dents.

The coun­cil voted to hold a pub­lic hear­ing on the mat­ter at its Nov. 13 meet­ing; the coun­cil has un­til the end of the this year to vote to change the date of their next elec­tion to Nov. 6, 2018.

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