WARSAW — Jack Brunetto, a Democratic candidate for Warsaw City Council, was appointed to the plan commission on Monday, April 8.
Brunetto replaces Dave Baumgartner, who vacated the position after moving.
Brunetto was asked to fill the role by Mayor Joe Thallemer because Brunetto frequently attends city meetings, including the plan commission
“By virtue of state statute, there is a political balance requirement,” Thallemer said, prior to swearing in Brunetto. “So I called Jack. He agreed to serve. I was thrilled. I told him, I thought with his commitment to just showing up at meetings and sitting out here, it’s time to get on the other side of that desk and start affecting change in the community.”
Brunetto, one of three Democratic challengers in this year’s city council races, will face Council President Diane Quance in the fall election. Quance is also a member of the plan commission.
The board had one item on the agenda, a subdivision plat request involving two lots that included the BP gas station at 625 S. Buffalo St. The other adjoining lot is the one-time site of the Combined Community Services building, which faces Prairie Street.
Senior Planner Justin Taylor said he was unsure what the owner, Good Oil Company, plans to do with the other lot. Nobody spoke in favor of the plat proposal. The board voted on both a preliminary and final plat request Monday night.
Taylor said the move would make it easier for the owner to sell the Prairie Street property if they choose to do so.