Heinz continuing as Metamora mayor

Nick Vlahos

 If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

That’s the approach John Heinz plans to take for the next year in his role as acting village president of Metamora.

“Keep it simple. Everything is working good, so why change anything?” Heinz said April 18.

The previous night, during their regular meeting, Heinz’s peers on the Village Board elevated him to the presidency. Heinz replaces Bill Belshaw, who died two weeks ago.

For the past several months, since Belshaw became ill, Heinz had served as village president pro tem. He said the additional work hasn’t been a burden.

“We lost a friend. We lost a good worker for the village,” Heinz said. “Other than that, the mood here is very good.”

According to Village Attorney Mike Tibbs, Heinz also will continue to serve as trustee. Heinz’s trustee term and those of counterparts Coty Delap and Don Hutchens expire in April 2013. The village president’s term ends then, too.

“Things go on as best they can with six members of the board until next April,” Tibbs said.

The terms of the other three trustees - Laure Adams, Doug Hawk and Walt Laylock - don’t expire until 2015.

“We’ll get it done,” Heinz said. “There are a lot of good people on the board.”

Heinz didn’t want to speculate on his plans beyond the end of his terms. He has served on the board since 2007.

Belshaw had been village president for two years and previously was a trustee for four. He also was a longtime Metamora police chief.