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Residents came to board meetings at the tail-end of last year and early on this year, speaking out against some of the mayor’s decision. Some even asked for his resignation at the time.
“Some arguments and different things weren't helping the village,” Koon said. “I think we all came to that same agreement, and that's not what we're here for.”
“The mayor came in with guns blazing wanting a lot of changes without talking to the village board,” said Mike Flanigan, a village trustee. “Now that we're working and talking together, we've worked through most of our issues."
Some members of the community were outraged when Koon started a month earlier than expected then asked for the resignations of nine village employees.
Ultimately, three people lost their jobs, including the village nutritionist and attorney.
Koon says he was trying to cut costs and still is, but now with input from a community task force on crime, taxes and the environment.
“I'm not pushing my ideas on anybody,” he said, “but I will certainly offer them up for them to consider and see if they have any better ideas."
An issue that is still unresolved -- the appointment of a new village attorney.
“I’m still working with the board and still discussing more options (about) who's best to go with,” Koon said.
Koon expects to make a recommendation in the next few days. The Republican-controlled board is in support of Harris Beach, the firm the board hired in the interim.
But both Koon and trustees say they will move forward with a decision working together to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts like they saw when Koon first took office.
“We've gone from 700 people at the January 2 meeting down to about 30 people (at meetings since then), so that's a good sign right there,” Flanigan said.
“I wanted to really turn the government back over to the people and i wanted them to have as much say to what happens here as possible,” Koon said.
Flanigan says he has only one sticking point with Mayor Koon. Since the nutritionist was fired, seniors in