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Two appointed to Genoa board

by Christy Chalmers

Genoa’s town board is back to five members with the appointments of William Donohoe and Steven Hollister.

The Douglas County commission made the choices Thursday with little discussion. Donohoe, an investor, and Hollister, a mechanical designer, had been joined by former town manager Ann Marie Evans in bidding for the two open seats.

Commissioner Don Miner, who nominated Hollister and Donohoe, said openly he wouldn’t support Evans.

“There are a couple of long-term Genoites that really wanted to serve,” he said after the meeting. “She had the opportunity to lead the town in a progressive way and there were some hassles. It’s unfortunate that she got to the point where she felt she had to leave the process, but she can still be part of the process by attending the sessions.”

Evans resigned as town manager in July, citing personal attacks and criticism by some board members. Shortly after, board members Kara Hayes and Lou Schaffer resigned, creating the vacancies that stood until Thursday.

Donohoe, a 24-year resident of Genoa, applied for the board in August. Hollister, a 49-year resident, applied in September. Evans, who has lived in Genoa 12 years, applied in October.

Miner said he received a few phone calls about the appointments, with the candidates getting equal support. In his application, Donohoe cited his business experience as an asset to running the town. Hollister noted his understanding of civil and basic engineering, which he said could help improve the town.

The terms Donohoe and Hollister will finish expire at different times. Donohoe’s term will last through 2001, with Hollister’s term to expire at the end of 2003.