In what some observers rank as one of the nastiest municipal elections here, Scott Kominiak takes over as mayor while the political composition of the Village Council remains about the same.
Council incumbents Ennio Garcia-Miera and John Alsobrook won re-election as did outgoing Mayor Phil Gasteyer who ran unopposed to replace Mick Harper on the council.
During his four years on the council, Harper nearly always saw eye-to-eye with Mayor Gasteyer on major issues, so with Gasteyer now representing Council District 3, vote-counting on crucial issues will probably roll out pretty much as before.
The big difference, of course, is that it will be Kominiak, not Gasteyer, who will have the deciding vote when the council splits 3-3 forcing a mayoral tie-breaker.
Unofficial tallies after polls closed March 4 had Kominiak besting Chris Allen by 205 votes at 1,194 to 989.
In Council District 1, incumbent Garcia-Miera topped Tom Brown 251 to 92. with Garcia-Miera taking 73 percent of the votes cast in that race. In District 4, incumbent John Alsobrook won against Dave Dornburg by a lesser, but still substantial, margin 226 to 142.
Voting was overwhelmingly against the two general obligation bond proposals on the ballot. Bond Question 1, whether to issue municipal bonds backed by property taxes to set up a low-interest revolving fund to help residents in the business district pay for connection to the sewer line, was defeated by voters by 368 votes, with 906 yes votes to 1,274 no votes.