Bonduel seats new board member

Kelley fills position opened by resignation of Bartlett

Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Tim Kelley responds to questions by members of the Bonduel Village Board just before being approved as a board member Wednesday. Kelley replaces newly re-elected Kevin Bartlett, who resigned in April.

The Bonduel Village Board seated a new board member Wednesday.

Tim Kelley was voted into the board following the resignation of Kevin Bartlett in April. The action was taken at the village board’s regular monthly meeting.

Bartlett was voted into the position in April, and Kelley was a write-in candidate in the April election.

Bartlett resigned between the election and the May board meeting. At that time, the board opened the position to all candidates with a June 12 deadline. Kelley was the only applicant.

Kelley, who works for KI, Inc., said he both ran as a write-in candidate and applied for the open position to “Try to see what we can change in the village to make it more profitable for everybody.”

Kelley said he feels that more can be done to bring new businesses to town, and keep existing businesses as well. He said he did not have any specific plans to recruit businesses but wanted to see what the board would work on.

Kelley is a past member of the Bonduel Lions Club and said he enjoys volunteering.

“I enjoy the village as a whole and want to make it better,” he said.

Bartlett, who was re-elected to his seat in the April election, said his resignation was due to demands of his business.

“Business has quadrupled. We opened a branch in Suamico and bought the building next door,” he said. “I felt like I was doing a disservice (as a board member). I couldn’t keep up with it.”

When asked why he ran for the seat, he said he had not expected business to expand so quickly.

When asked if he had advice for his replacement, Bartlett said, “Just try to do the best you can. Hopefully, they’re not there for any personal agenda and it is to do some good for the town.”