Vinton ready for change with new leaders

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:18am

Vinton will have new leadership after three new council members will take the oath of office on Thursday.

The old council couldn't seem to agree on much and were unable to pass a budget on back-to-back years after meetings turned into shouting matches with no official business getting done.

"The community will be coming forward and gaining trust in us and the whole council," said Manny Leos, one of the new officials.

Leos along with Santos Lucero and Dolores Diaz are replacing three representatives that were often not able to agree with other village leaders on important issues.

All three ran unopposed during the November elections.

"Hopefully the people will see what's coming ahead and what's in the future," said Lucero.

A top the list of priorities is settling on a balanced budget and reapplying for grants to build a water and sewer system.

"We've been without water for a long time," said Diaz, a 40-year Vinton resident.

A lot of resident's wells throughout the village have dried up and have become costly to repair.

The issue came to a vote on several occasions but council failed to pass a resolution.

"It's the time now to get things done that were put back way back," said Yolanda Lucero, a member of the old council.

While it does appear change is on the horizon, Vinton Mayor Madeleine Praino said the town is three to four years behind on projects and said residents must temper expectations as they have to start from the ground up on several projects.

The new council members will take the oath of office this thursday at 5:30 city hall with their first meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m.


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