Belmont Village government has been taking on a different look since the beginning of the year, including the retirement of 29-year clerk/treasurer veteran Richard Hoshal, a change in a majority of the municipal board and a new village justice.
The new faces started in January with appointment of Lisa Schmitt to fill an unexpired term of Trustee Rodney Evans who resigned.
During April village elections, Vincent Evans, brother of Rodney, and Linda Healy were elected to four-year terms as village trustees, besting Caroline Mapes, who had been serving an unexpired term. Schmitt was elected to a full two-year term as trustee.
These actions resulted in three of five village board members being new. Mayor Raymond DeTine and Deputy Mayor Scott Grantier continue in office, rounding out the legislative body.
Hoschal’s retirement as summer was on the horizon resulted in Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Jennifer Cline being elevated to his position, with Estelle Elias being named the deputy.
In the meantime, Village Justice Dennis Stack resigned, with Town Justice David Gominiak agreeing to serve a dual role, filling the unexpired term through March 31 of next year.
Hoshal, who served under four mayors, said he intends to play some golf and “do some fishing” over the summer.
“It’s a wonderful community,” he told Allegany Hope. “This community is like a family.”
He also commended all of the mayors under which he served, saying each has had a love for the municipality.
The Village of Belmont really hasn’t changed that much during his tenure, Hoschal said, but additional regulations have made it “more and more difficult to do the job” and has driven up municipal costs.
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