Petrelius makes ballot debut in South Range

SOUTH RANGE — Nov. 6 will be village trustee Carol Petrelius’ first time on the ballot as the appointee hopes to keep her current seat.

“It was kind of exciting to get the sample ballot in the mail and see my name on it,” she said.

The lifelong South Range resident, save for a stint away in law school, put her name forward to fill a vacancy and to her surprise at the time was appointed in November of 2016.

“I’ve enjoyed being able to help the community over the past two years so I have no intention of leaving anytime soon so I’ll run for another four years,” Petrelius said.

If re-elected she intends to continue the improvements and progress the council has been working towards the past few years. The current council has been trying to tackle issues in the village like blight, ordinances and small scale improvements, she explained. Though the village doesn’t have much in the way of funds these projects can be tackled as they require more time than anything else.

For example, as a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee Petrelius was behind the new grant-funded playground equipment on Seventh Street.

“That’s really dear to me because the equipment that was there, my dad helped put in when I was a kid,” she said.

Blight has been one of the biggest issues for the current council and she would like to continue that. Blight in the village was the main reason she chose to serve on the council to begin with.

“Everyone always says, South Range has changed so much since they were young and I mean obviously I’m a lot younger than other people who say that and see the changes but it makes me sad to see different areas of town looking a little bit rundown,” Petrelius said.

With blight ordinance enforcement now rolling out she also would like to see the village look into how to help with property upkeep and improvements. Road conditions are another key issue that will need to be tackled soon, she said.

Overall, Petrelius would like to see more residents involving themselves in meetings and staying engaged with the improvement efforts and offering their own thoughts for consideration.