Update: Cicero Town Council talks openly

"I think as taxpayers, they should know what the process of selection is," Corl said in regards for a Request for Proposal.

When asked why an RFP wasn't exercised during the last five years he has been on the board, Corl said there were no changes in the personnel within the town board's appointed positions for the last six years.

A few residents voiced concerns about the board to the Star-Review through phone calls and letters to the editor. The general concern was whether or not the town board would be able to work together, and work for the town.

"Absolutely, working as a team is paramount," Jennings said.

Zambrano said the board will simply have to "iron out" some of their differences.

"We will work for the betterment of the town," she said. "I very much welcome that."

What should residents expect at tonight's meeting?

"In our first regular meeting the town should expect to see a professional team following an agenda that addresses issues in the town," Jennings said. "I am sure that many things were learned in the Jan. 4 meeting."

Sharing Jennings' outlook, Zambrano said "for the good of the town," she hopes that everything is out of everyone's systems after the first meeting.

"The board needs to move forward working as a team to provide residents answers to issues and concerns they may have facing our town," Jennings said.

"I want to bring new and exciting things to the town," Supervisor Boyke said. "Like I said in my campaign, we need to bring the town back to the people."

In separate interviews conducted Tuesday Jan. 12, both Boyke and Corl said they "look forward to working as a bipartisan team."

"You can't accomplish anything without having it work as a team," Boyke said. "There will always be difference in opinion, but a reasonable conclusion should come out if it's discussed."

Corl said the same can be accomplished, he "just asks to be informed on big decisions."

"As long as there is a good flow of information and we're kept in the decision-making," Corl said. "We can work for the town, together."

Tonight's first regular board meeting will commence at 7 p.m. at town hall, 8236 S. Main St., Cicero.

Although all four town councilors were contacted Tuesday Jan. 12, the Star-Review has not yet received a response from Town Counilor Vernon Conway.

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