Town council holds reorganization meeting
CENTREVILLE — After the regular Centreville Town Council meeting on Thursday, April 28, the town held its reorganizational meeting and elected Councilman George “Smokey” Sigler as president for the upcoming year in a unanimous vote. Councilman Tim McCluskey, former town president, was unanimously elected as vice president. The council also voted to approve the reelection of Councilman Jim Beauchamp.
The Centreville town election was canceled due because only Beauchamp filed to run. Beauchamp took his oath to office on April 11.
“There have been issues where we haven’t agreed and we have voted differently in that, but there is no doubt in my mind for each and every one of us we take what we do very, very seriously,” Sigler said. “We’re all citizens of the town. We all pay taxes in this town, and we want to do things right going out the gate.”
Sigler said each councilman wants to do the “right thing” and have different ways of getting there but has enjoyed the work, as well as the process of work, the group has done over the years together on the council. Sigler said hard choices have been made after cans had been kicked down the road, “and we can’t kick them any further.”
McCluskey said this council “has been a council that acts,” working on the town’s infrastructure as an example he said. He said the town looks as good as it has in a long time, “from the trees down to the roads down to ever ything.”
McCluskey said one thing the council president gets to do is swear in volunteers, which he said was always an enjoyable part of his job as he got to administer the oath of office.
“I just think that the volunteers really make up a big portion of what we can get done here in town,” he said. “It’s really a great thing to see somebody be willing to raise their hand, take time away from their family, come in and volunteer ... I think that’s really great.”
Though the work can be challenging and the town has to take “some heat” sometimes, McCluskey said, it’s a “pleasure to work with people who enjoy the work that they are doing.”
The council also appointed Sharon Van Emburgh for the upcoming year as the town’s attorney. Martha Darling Sparks was appointed finance officer for the 2016-2017 year.