Mayor Eidam directs administration not to pursue contract with Sinclair Solutions’ Dwight Welch
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (February 14, 2019) – “I never saw the February 5 Board packet because I was out of the office already by then,” said Mayor Patty Eidam via phone call this afternoon, her 14th day at home on doctor’s orders. “If I had, it wouldn’t have been on the [February 5] agenda.”
Eidam suffered a bout of pneumonia and has not been in the office since Friday morning, February 1. When she began checking voicemail and email early this week, she asked Communications Director Ken Reynolds to bring a copy of the packet to her home. Conducting her own research on the matter of Dwight Welch and his proposed contract with the Village of Lansing, she quickly arrived at the conclusion that this would not be a good fit for Fox Pointe.
Eidam confirmed that Lansing does want to find someone who has a background in corporate sponsorships to help generate revenue at Fox Pointe, but there is no specific deadline for filling that role. She would rather take the time to ensure that Lansing is served by the best possible candidate. She confirmed that the position will be a contract position, not be a Village employee.
The Mayor also clarified that Tony Troncozo’s role as Director of Fox Pointe will be to recruit and schedule entertainment for the venue, not sponsorships. The roles are related inasmuch as sponsors will be attracted to the venue because of the quality of acts it can retain, but different networks and skills are required for each.
Mayor Eidam plans to return to the office for at least a partial day tomorrow, February 15. The municipal offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents Day, and Eidam hopes to resume her regular work schedule—including presiding over the Village Board and Committee of the Whole meetings—on Tuesday, February 19.