Man who tried to remove trustee is alternate on zoning appeals board

CANFIELD -- A Leffingwell Road man who took part in an unsuccessful effort to have Township Trustee Judy Bayus removed from office has been appointed an alternate on the township board of zoning appeals.
Richard Puerner was appointed alternate Monday night by a 2-1 vote, with Bayus voting no. Puerner was a member of an organization called the "Terminate-hers" that asked a Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge to remove Bayus from office last year for neglecting her duties. The group also collected 880 signatures on petitions to remove Bayus from office.
The judge eventually dismissed the complaint because it did not comply with legal requirements to remove an elected official from office.
Bayus did not discuss the "Terminate-hers" at Monday's trustee meeting.
Instead, she said she was "vehemently" opposed to appointing Puerner as an alternate on the board of zoning appeals because he applied two months after the application deadline. The other trustees did not indicate why his application was accepted after the deadline.
"I don't think it's fair to the people in the township," Bayus said. When the time came for Bayus to vote on the issue, she responded "no and hell no," and then asked reporters to make sure they quoted her correctly.

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