LANARK – Lanark has a new utility clerk – and she should be familiar with helping a city take care of business.
She’s served as Shannon’s village clerk for more than 20 years.
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Denise Bormann of Shannon as utility clerk, a week after Sabrina Yoeckel resigned from her dual role as city clerk and utility clerk, amid veiled threats of “legal proceedings” and allegations of fraud.
The council went into executive session for a half hour before emerging with its decision.
Bormann, 55, has been the village clerk in Shannon since 1994. She’ll continue in that role, while setting up office hours in Lanark, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, effective immediately.
She’ll earn $13,000 as Lanark’s utility clerk.
Mayor Ken Viglietta said previously that the dual position Yoeckel held could be split into separate positions – a city clerk and utility clerk – and that he would appoint someone to serve out the remainder of Yoeckel’s term as city clerk, through April 2021.
“The way our ordinance reads, the position can be the same person, but doesn’t have to be,” he said. “The utilities part of it, if it’s not the same person, is appointed by the mayor, with the consent of the council.”
For the foreseeable future, Viglietta will split the city clerk’s duties with Bormann. He said Tuesday his hope is that they could fill the position in a month.
“It all depends on who comes forward,” he said.
As of Tuesday, there was one candidate, but Viglietta said he was not at liberty to disclose a name, since the person was only a “maybe.”
The city clerk’s position pays $11,000 a year.
Yoeckel, 20, was elected city clerk in April, after Jackie Hawbecker, who held the position for 19 years, decided not to run again.
Before her resignation, Yoeckel was working with city treasurer Carol Kruzek to determine who owed what part of about $84,000 in unpaid water bills found in late April in a filing cabinet drawer at City Hall.
The city won’t issue water bills for this month, while it works on getting its billing issues sorted out, but will send out combined statements for 2 months’ service next month. Those bills will be due by Oct. 20, according to a notice on the city website.
Concerns about Yoeckel’s job performance – that she was not checking the mail, making bank deposits or completing QuickBooks accounting training – were raised publicly at the Aug. 1 City Council meeting.
At the next meeting on Aug. 15, Yoeckel told council members that she was making deposits, gathering the mail and had completed her training.
“Everything had kind of calmed down,” Yoeckel said previously. Then her attorney called her on Aug. 28 and told her “they’re going to go ahead with certain proceedings,” she said.
She signed her letter of resignation the next day at City Hall, with Viglietta, City Attorney Ed Mitchell, also a notary, and an unnamed Lanark police officer present. By state law, if an elected official resigns in a municipality with fewer than 500,000 people, the resignation must be in writing, signed by the person resigning, and notarized.