One of the newest Effingham County Board members - and the only one who won a seat without opposition - said he's coming onto the board without a specific agenda.
"I'm coming into this with an open mind," said Mike DePoister, the new District E representative. The Republican was unopposed in the race to see who would replace longtime board member Bob Shields, who opted not to run for another term after 30 years on the board.
District E includes Beecher City and much of the Lake Sara area. DePoister, co-founder and president of Tripower Towing in Effingham, lives near the lake.
DePoister said he's not in any hurry to make his presence felt.
"Right now, I'm just sitting back and watching," he said after Monday's special board meeting.
Likewise, Depoister said he doesn't have any specific issues to pursue.
"It's hard to tell what the issues are going to be, because it's a new board," he said.
DePoister does believe the 911 consolidation issue is one that won't be going away anytime soon. He said another lingering issue might be tipping fees. Proceeds from the fee would be used to stimulate recycling and environmental education projects.
DePoister, 50, is a 1980 graduate of Effingham High School. During the course of his business career, he had toyed with the idea of running for the board.
"I believe everyone has some degree of civic duty," he said. "We should all be involved in one way or the other."
DePoister and his wife, Cindy, have three children and one grandchild.
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