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Strong resigns from Center Twp. position to take county council seat

Updated: February 6, 2013 6:10AM



CROWN POINT — Exiting Center Township Trustee Eldon Strong is ready to take the 7th District seat Tuesday with the Lake County Council.

Strong was chosen by a Republican caucus to replace Rick Niemeyer, who left the county council after a successful run at the 11th district state representative seat. Strong tendered his resignation as township trustee effective Jan. 2 after winding down his work in the trustee’s office. He was sworn into the county council seat Wednesday by Niemeyer.

“I am looking very much forward to working on the county council … I realize there is a lot of hard work ahead. Lake County has its own fiscal cliff thing going on and we need to address that,” Strong said.

Kim Krull, chair of the county’s Republican Party, has 30 days from the effective date of the resignation to call a caucus to seat Strong’s replacement. Krull could not be reached for comment.

Strong said several people have expressed interest in the position including current Center Township Board members Kate Webster and Paul Bremer, long-time local Realtor and chairman of the Crown Point Historic Preservation Commission.

Strong said he is proud of his 10 years in the trustee’s office and the accomplishments the township has made while continually reducing the budget, which is less in 2013 than it was when he first took office.

Highlights of his tenure include relocating the office and revamping township guidelines utilizing up-to-date state statutes, creating job search programs to help aid recipients get back to work and another that enables recipients to give back to the community through local non-profits.

The office also has established a community sustained food pantry for residents and has replaced both Center Township fire trucks with new vehicles without borrowing.



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