Mayor Robert W. Donham II, a 26-year-old former member of Village Council and former council president, officially was sworn in January during an organizational meeting.
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"I have spent nearly my entire life here in Windham and I am proud to say the citizens here are the greatest people I have ever been around," Donham
said."Hard working, charitable, diverse and tough are the words I use most often when telling others about my home town." Donham
said over the next term, there are several accomplishments he
would like to achieve.
"First, I would like to see a permanent resolution to our fire department situation," he
said."Over the next four years, we need to stabilize our budgets and stop our utility rates from spiraling out of control."Donham
said to merely survive as a village, Windham must find a way to expand its tax base in order to have a solvent village to provide services.
"During this first term, we need to explore forming a Joint Economic Development District with the township in order to share in the cost of services and promote a new 'One Windham' attitude," he
said."If this could be accomplished during the next four years, I think this will be considered a great success."
According to Donham
, this will set the foundation for the two largest goals he
has for the community.
"Over the long term, we must improve our school system and police department to the point where both are considered to be top notch when placed against their peers," he
A professional full-time police department and excellent schools, Donham
said will be the two pillars of pride for the community and will ultimately attract a great deal of proud families looking for a good place to raise their children.
"We have an opportunity to do something great here, and with cooperation and dedication, we can certainly give the people of Windham something to be proud of," he