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Rauf resigns from town board


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Former Town Councilman Joel Rauf

GREENVILLE — Town Councilman Joel Rauf has resigned from the Greenville Town Council.

Rauf, who has moved out of the town, submitted a letter of resignation to Town Supervisor Paul Macko, which Macko read during the Aug. 15 meeting of the town board.

“I am tendering my resignation as a member of the town board,” Rauf said. “I am no longer eligible to fulfill my duties as my residency is no longer in the town of Greenville.”

Rauf said he enjoyed working on behalf of the town. He was last re-elected to a four-year term on the board in 2019.

“It has been my pleasure to work with the board and the town employees to provide the taxpayers with services needed, along with the pleasantries of our wonderful small-town lifestyle,” Rauf said. “It is my wish that the board continue with the firm belief that the town is a great treasure and that the residents want to preserve the beauty that attracts the people that continue to live and prosper in our small town.”

The town board unanimously accepted Rauf’s resignation “with regret,” Macko said.

The board will next seek to appoint a replacement.

“If anybody knows anybody or can give us some names, we will be filling a vacancy,” Macko said.

A replacement is not expected to be appointed at the board’s next meeting Sept. 19, he added.

There are four remaining members of the town council. In addition to Macko, board members include Richard Bear, Travis Richards and John Bensen.

In other town news, Stephanie Ingalls was appointed to the Greenville Public Library’s Board of Trustees. Ingalls was appointed unanimously by the board at the request of Library Director Barbara Flach.

Ingalls’ term is effective Aug. 17 and will run through Dec. 31, 2026.

Ingalls was appointed unanimously by the town council.

The town council also announced that Greenville’s Townwide Yard Sale Weekend will be Sept. 23-25. Maps with participating homes will be available that weekend and residents who want to hold a yard sale can apply to be on the map, Macko said.

“That corresponds with Greenville Day,” Macko said. “Anybody that wants to get on the map should pick up a sheet and select the dates that you want to have your yard sale.”

The deadline to apply to be included on the map is the week of Sept. 19. Forms can be picked up at Pioneer Town Hall, 11159 Route 32, Greenville.

Greenville Day is a weekend-long celebration of all things Greenville. Events will be held beginning Sept. 23 at around 4:30 p.m. in George V. Vanderbilt Town Park, Macko said. The festivities will continue townwide Sept. 24, including a fireworks demonstration at night.

Town board members and other volunteers will be distributing free hot dogs and soda at the park during the event.

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