Thursday, May 21, 2020

Belmont mayor to resign..."I've run out of energy"

Belmont Mayor Terrance Schmelzer has announced he will resign, effective June1st. "I've run out of energy," the outgoing mayor told Wellsville Regional News regarding his decision to leave office halfway through his latest term. Schmelzer took the village of Belmont's top job in 2001. He has had more win's than losses...the victories substantial and the losses personal. The local leader proudly spoke of water projects, community projects and dealing with residents. When asked if there was one loss that stood out, he paused...gathered his thoughts...and said it was his inability to pull together funding for a new Belmont fire hall. It mattered to him...and he simply hoped that future leadership could make it happen for the fire service. For Schmelzer, the victories were considered a team effort, but the losses seemed personal.
"I have no regrets," the mayor said of his time in office. He didn't expand on his decision to leave, although close village insiders knew in advance.
Schmelzer is one of the few local elected leaders that gets to walk away on his terms, with considerable points in the win column. Village employees agree. Several said today they respected his dedication, compassion and effort.
Ray DeTine currently holds the position of Deputy Mayor. When the village board meets again June 1st, it is expected to appoint DeTine as acting Mayor. If he chooses, he'll have to run in a special election to serve out the remainder of Schmelzer's term. The current mayor said he has complete confidence in the current mayor and board. He said he takes comfort in knowing the village will remain in solid hands.
Terrance Schmelzer made being a local elected official...something noble...and honorable.