PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — Megan Tresnak was appointed to fill a vacant trustee position for Pere Marquette Township at a special meeting Tuesday evening.
The board selected Tresnak in a 4-2 vote, with Township Clerk Rachelle Enbody, Treasurer Jacalyn Sroka, Trustee Andy Kmetz and Supervisor Jerry Bleau supporting her appointment and trustees Henry Rasmussen and Jim Norlund opposing. Neither Rasmussen nor Kmetz verbally provided a reason for their opposing vote.
Tresnak was the third person to be nominated. Al DeMeester and Ron Soberalski were also nominated for the position but did not receive the required majority votes.
Tresnack was sworn in after the meeting was adjourned. She will occupy the seat left vacant following Paul Piper’s resignation in June. Tresnak said she is excited to join the board.
“I didn’t think that this would be the outcome, but I was hoping and praying it would be. I’m excited because I have really started getting into the election for November,” she said. “I’m excited to jump in and get involved.”
Tresnak moved to the township last year with her family, though she has visited the area for years, she said.
“I’ve seen it from a bunch of different angles,” Tresnak said.
One of her ideas is to get more people from a younger age demographic involved.
“Not a lot of younger people know what goes on at the board meetings or what gets discussed,” she said.
All three people who applied for the trustee vacancy are on the ballot for the November election. The board also heard a presentation from the Mason-Lake Conservation District Manager Dani McGarry about on-going projects. The township is contributing a budgeted amount of $5,000 to remove invasive plant species.