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Soluri tells board he will resign as mayor Nov. 1

Mayor Richard F. Soluri plans to resign effective Nov. 1, he announced Monday night.

In a prepared statement read near the end of the Village Board meeting in the Red Brick School, Soluri said he is "taking a much needed 'respite from responsibility,' for personal reasons."

When asked if he could expand on what motivated his decision, Soluri, a retired insurance salesman who took office in April 1994, said, "It's time."

The 78-year-old Republican made his first run for mayor against then-Trustee William L. Heinz, a Democrat, to replace Marilyn Toohey, who did not seek re-election. That was the only time he was opposed in his four runs for mayor.

"That's a long time," Soluri said about his consecutive four-year terms.

Soluri, whose last day in office will be Oct. 31, said he plans to consider options for life after elected office next year.

The board has the option of filling Soluri's position by appointment. The deputy mayor, Trustee William E. Geiben, would serve as mayor if a replacement is not selected.

The next village elections will occur in June.

Soluri said he made his announcement now in order to give village officials a chance to make a decision on his successor.

In other action Monday, the Village Board:

Set a public hearing for Oct. 5 on a proposed new law governing trees in village right of ways.

Met in private session to discuss a proposed contract to sell three 66-by-100-foot parcels on North Second Street.

Heard from Police Chief Chris Salada, who said his department has stepped up patrols of Center Street following a recent rash of vandalism. Officers are doing some walking patrols and are stopping people who are walking in the area at night, Salada said.

The village will contribute $100 to a reward fund totaling $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of vandalism suspects.

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