Saturday, December 31, 2011
Haugh Makes History In Wellsville
Friday – December 30: There were tears of joy, smiles of hope and hugs galore for well wishes as history was made yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Susan A. Haugh was sworn in as the Village's newest Mayor. Peggy Miller's little girl Susan became the first female ever elected Mayor in the history of Wellsville. According to Wellsville historian Brass Beresford, prior to Mrs. Haugh's election this past November, the highest elected female Wellsville official in the past was a President of Council several years ago. That was when Wellsville was classified as a city. Mayor Haugh is the daughter of Peggy Miller.
Mrs. Haugh was the top vote getter among four candidates running for Wellsville Mayor in the November General Election. Haugh ran as an independent and is the wife of Jeffrey T. Haugh. She is a native of Wellsville and was serving as a member of Village Council at the time of her election.
Columbiana County Sheriff Ray Stone officiated for the swearing in ceremonies that took place at Village Hall Friday afternoon. Also sworn in were newly elected Council members Don Brown, Diane Dinch and John Morrow.. Brown & Dinch have prior Council experience. Morrow is new to the Village political arena. Re-elected Councilman Tony Cataldo was not present at yesterday's swearing in ceremonies.
Councilwoman Rosie Goss was Master of Ceremonies. Canton, Ohio music teacher Sandy Larsuel offered an opening prayer and sang the song “My Grown Up Christmas List”. Mrs. Larsuel is the sister of Councilwoman Goss and was assisted by Bria Larsuel.
Mayor Haugh reported that one of her first goals is to meet with CC Port Authority Tracy Drake to determine how Wellsville can help in developing the Intermodal Park into a more active, prosperous river terminal facility. In the mean time she said she will be setting up the Mayor's office over the holiday week-end in order to be ready for the first day of her new administration when the doors open on Tuesday morning. Tuesday, January 3, will also be the first Council meeting she conducts. That meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 PM at Village Hall. She be able to use that new gavel that was gifted to her in honor of the historic occasion.
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