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Newly appointed Village of Lancaster Trustee Dawn Robinson was sworn in by Mayor Paul Maute during Monday night's meeting.

BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | November 29, 2012

LANCASTER- As a result of former Village of Lancaster Trustee Paul Maute stepping into the position as mayor in September it left a vacancy on the board that was finally filled during Monday night’s meeting.

After seven potential candidates applied to the position and all were interviewed, Dawn Robinson, a member of the Citizens Party, was chosen to serve on the board for the next few months. Robinson will have to run for re-election in March to complete the rest of Maute’s term.

Maute began by saying it was important the board made the right choice.

“There were highly qualified, exceptional village residents considered,” commented Mayor Maute. “It was a difficult task selecting the right person to sit on the board. The Robinson family possesses a history of outstanding community service and I am proud to nominate [Robinson] to sit on this board of the Village of Lancaster.”

Robinson is extremely active in the community, volunteering at St. Mary’s Elementary School, St. Mary’s Church, and she is a board member of the Western New York International Dyslexia Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Canisius College and works part-time as an accountant for a business in Clarence. Also, her children are active in different Scout Troops.

“My whole family believes in active citizenship,” remarked Robinson. “It is the core of our beliefs. It is our privilege.”

Robinson said she decided to run because she has a strong business background and with all the volunteerism she is actively involved in, she thought she could be a voice for and reach a diverse group of people.

Mayor Maute said Robinson is the third women to sit on the village board and she follows Mary Marino, a former trustee, who resigned in 2005, and Darlene Humphrey, who also served as a trustee.

“I’m an optimistic person,” remarked Robinson. “I think things happen for a reason. If it is meant to be, it will be. I think maybe it will be refreshing to have a female representing the north part of the village.”

Maute explained that Robinson living in the north end of the village is a benefit, because he and the other trustees all live in the south end of the village.

“She has a good vision of the north end and a better understanding,” remarked Mayor Maute. “She is very active in the community and well-known in the community so we thought it was a good fit for the north end to get them involved.”

At the end of the meeting, Robinson was appointed to the Human Resource, Community Events, and Sewer committees.

In other village news:

• A public hearing will be held at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, to hear questions and comments in regard to maintaining a single hive of honeybees in the backyard of 5329 Broadway.

• A resolution was approved to certify the report of unpaid village taxes totaling $161,413.10 as filed with the Commissioner of Finance of Erie County on Nov. 15.

• The board approved to retroactively authorize the emergency purchase of a 2013 Ford Truck from Dave Smith Ford, in the amount of $22,500, for the sewer department to replace a broken down vehicle that is beyond repair and was necessary to transport sewer pumps to prevent basement flooding and health concerns during the excessive rainfall which occurred as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

• The board accepted Heidi Delnuovo’s resignation from the position of secretary of the Historic Preservation Commission.

The next Village of Lancaster meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the Municipal Building Council Chambers, 5423 Broadway, Lancaster.

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