Lakemore resident Laura (Lewis) Cochran was sworn in as a new council member at the Dec. 3 council meeting. Cochran will replace former councilman Wendell Sommers, who resigned effective Nov. 27.
Lakemore resident Laura (Lewis) Cochran was sworn in as a new council member at the Dec. 3 council meeting. Cochran will replace former councilman Wendell Sommers, who resigned effective Nov. 27. Mayor Rick Justice said Sommers resigned because he wanted to spend more time with his children and had business opportunities he wanted to focus on. Sommers was appointed to council to fill a vacant position and has served for about three years.
Cochran has a long history in the area. She grew up in Springfield and is a 1971 Springfield High School graduate. She met her husband Michael there, who graduated in 1970. The Cochrans’ three grown children are all Springfield graduates as well.
“My husband always said Lakemore was a wonderful place to grow up, so we looked here for a home when we were downsizing,” she said. “Michael's family has a long history in the village.”
His father, Walter Cochran (deceased) was council president when the municipal building was constructed. His mother, Carol, is a retired Springfield teacher who spent much of her career teaching at Lakemore Elementary School.
“My mother-in-law's grandfather owned the grocery store that was at the corner of Flickinger and Sanitarium roads at one time. My in-laws ran the store for a number of years,” she said.
Cochran is retired from the U.S. Postal Service and is the acting president of the Brittany Commons Condo Association and the governor's appointee to the State Fiscal Oversight Commission for Lakemore.
“Lakemore has a proud past, and I think we are ready to have an exciting future,” she said. “I think things are turning around for the village. I have an interest to get financially sound again, and would love to see new business growth in Lakemore. The lake is like a hidden jewel, and we need to keep moving forward and progressing as I think we have been doing.”
Ordinances that potentially would raise sewer rates for village residents and increase trash and recycling rates from $45 a quarter to $46 per quarter were read for the second time. The third reading will be at the regular scheduled council meeting Dec. 17. A public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. before the meeting.
Councilwoman Anne Snyder thanked all who made the community Christmas Tree Lighting a success. She thanked the Springfield Spartanaires for singing and the Lakemore Fire Department for bringing Santa to the event. They drove Santa around the village for more than 30 minutes.
There will be a public hearing to discuss the potential raise of sewer rates and trash removal rates Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. The regular council meeting will follow at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.
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