Oak Ridge North officials accept council member’s resignation
Oak Ridge North City Council Member Michelle Cassio on Thursday tendered her resignation, as she moves to focus on her family-owned jewelry business, Cassio Creations.
City manager Richard Derr confirmed on Tuesday that Cassio was expected to resign and have her term finished by local small business owner Dawn Candy. The council accepted Cassio’s resignation an appointed Candy to serve out the rest of her term. Candy will be sworn in at the council’s next meeting, as she was unable to attend on Thursday.
“Michelle, thank you very much,” Mayor Jim Kuykendall said at the meeting. “It’s been an honor serving with you, and I know your business is going great.”
Candy is a 23-year resident of Montgomery County and moved to Oak Ridge North in December 2016. She owns a business called I Promote You, a branded goods company based in The Woodlands, and she is involved in several area non-profits.
Candy will serve the rest of Cassio’s term, which expires in May 2019, and seek re-election after. The next seven months, she said, will be used to get to know the workings of city council.
“I’m excited,” Candy told The Villager Tuesday. “I’m looking at it as getting my feet wet and getting to know the city much better.”
“(Candy), like (Cassio) is a small business owner and understands the economics of small-town business,” Kuykendall said Tuesday. “What we’re losing with Michelle, we’re getting with Dawn.”
Public works Director Joe Sherwin reported to the council that the Robinson Road realignment at Hanna Road project is in the right-of-way acquisition phase and is expected to be completed in 2019. Sherwin also told the council that the Robinson Road turn lane project for eastbound traffic at Oak Ridge Park Drive is entering its final design stage.
The council also appointed Council Member Clint McClaren and residents Jim Simon, Bruce Bernhoft and Dennis Schafer to the city’s Economic Development Corporation.