Alona Vigneault Appointed to Evansville Town Council Seat in Wyoming

Alona Vigneault was appointed to the Evansville Town Council to fill the vacant seat left by Candace Machado, who became mayor in February. Vigneault's interim term will run until the November election, during which she aims to advance key priorities for the town.

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Alona Vigneault Appointed to Evansville Town Council Seat in Wyoming

Alona Vigneault Appointed to Evansville Town Council Seat in Wyoming

The Evansville Town Council in Wyoming has appointed Alona Vigneault to fill the vacant seat left by Candace Machado, who became the mayor in February. Machado took over as mayor after the resignation of Mayor Chad Edwards, who cited family and health matters as the reason for his departure.

Why this matters: The appointment of Alona Vigneault to the Evansville Town Council highlights the importance of community involvement and leadership in local governance. As Vigneault brings her experience and priorities to the council, her decisions will impact the daily lives of Evansville residents, demonstrating the significance of local politics in shaping community development.

The council began accepting applications for the vacant seat in late February. They interviewed the four Evansville residents who applied for the position during their meeting, before deliberating in executive session and announcing their decision to appoint Vigneault.

Vigneault's interim term on the council will run until the November election later this year. "I've been really involved in the community for a few years now. I wanted to do the next thing so to speak and continue serving the town," said Vigneault after her appointment. She will need to file in the next couple of weeks to serve past the election.

Mayor Machado expressed confidence in Vigneault's appointment to the council. "We were impressed with Alona because of her dedication to Evansville... She's applied to serve on the council before and she's been a big part of several community projects," Machado stated.

Vigneault brings extensive community involvement to her new role on the town council. She has served on the planning committee for Evansville's Centennial Celebration coming up in 2023 and heads up the town's community garden. Vigneault also volunteers in various other projects, including serving on the PTO board of her children's school. During the day, she owns and operates a local dog grooming business called Doggie Stylz Grooming.

As she steps into her position on the council, Vigneault is eager to advance several key priorities for the town. She is excited to move forward on Evansville's project to build a new park, which faced delays in late 2023. Vigneault is also interested in exploring the possibility of the town operating its own animal control shelter, following issues with Metro Animal Services. Improving technology at Evansville Town Hall is another area of focus, as Vigneault notes the live recordings of council meetings are often difficult or outright impossible to hear.

The appointment of Alona Vigneault to the Evansville Town Council fills the vacancy left by the mayoral transition earlier this year. With her strong background in community service and clear priorities for the town, Vigneault aims to make an impact during her interim term through the November election.

Key Takeaways

  • Alona Vigneault appointed to Evansville Town Council to fill vacant seat.
  • Vigneault's term runs until November election; she must file to serve past then.
  • She brings extensive community involvement, including planning committee and community garden experience.
  • Vigneault's priorities include advancing the new park project, exploring an animal control shelter, and improving Town Hall technology.
  • Mayor Machado expressed confidence in Vigneault's appointment, citing her dedication to Evansville.