Colon’s interim village manager said plenty of work remains before he can comfortably say the municipality has been brought up to speed.
Still, Tom Tenney said he is pecking away at several matters and making solid progress. Getting caught up on delinquent bills, he said, was a good place to start.
Toward the conclusion of Colon’s March 13 meeting, its village council agreed to appoint Tenney as interim village manager after deciding earlier in the evening to not renew the contract of Mike Mitchell. Tenney was originally going to serve as village president in place of Diane Downs, who resigned March 13, but the council agreed he would better serve the public in the capacity of interim village manager.
Edith Doenges wound up replacing Downs, and subsequently appointed Carl Thornton and Marilyn McManus to succeed the vacant seats created by her promotion and the resignation of council member Nancy Percival. The three will serve in their respective positions until November.
During this week’s monthly meeting Tuesday, Tenney told the council his No. 1 priority centers on hiring two individuals in the office, an office manager and a billing clerk.