New Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton took a microphone and stepped in front of the village board dais at his first meeting in that post this week, but it wasn't to talk about himself or specific issues.
Poynton provided brief biographies and community involvement histories of five trustees and Village Clerk Kathleen Johnson at the top of Monday's session. He said it's the first time he can recall seven elected officials each coming from a different section of Lake Zurich.
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"And I think it's a testament to the people who stepped up to the plate to make Lake Zurich better," Poynton said.
Newcomers Daniel Stanovich, Jim Beaudoin and Mark Loewes and incumbent Jeff Halen were elected as trustees last month. Johnson is back for another four years as clerk, while Trustee Dana Rzeznik, who was elected in 2011, started the second half of her term Monday.
Representative of Poynton's comments about each trustee and the clerk were the ones he made about Loewes.
"He stepped up to the plate to take the two-year term," Poynton said. "We appreciate that, Mark. Quality guy, Mr. Lion."
Loewes is past president of the Lake Zurich Lions Club.
Poynton, a retired consumer product sales and marketing professional, captured his second 4-year trustee term in 2011. His shift to the mayor's seat in place of Suzanne Branding means he must appoint someone to fill his vacant trustee seat, subject to village board ratification.
He suggested village residents interested in the trustee appointment should send a resume to him or Lake Zurich Village Manager Jason Slowinski.
"Come and join the fun," Poynton said.