Jerome Township is without a zoning inspector.
Mark Spagnuolo, the township zoning officer, resigned effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday evening, just ahead of the first regular trustees meeting of August. Spagnuolo handed in his resignation, saying, “Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the Jerome Township zoning officer for the past few years,” but didn’t offer a reason for stepping down.
The move came before a meeting to discuss several developments in the township.
Trustee Joe Craft said the resignation “puzzled” the board.
“(Spagnuolo) quit without notice before he was to present the staff report for three hearings at 7 p.m.,” Craft said. “One zoning hearing was for the largest mixed-use development the township has seen at 83-plus acres, located between U.S. 33, U.S 42 and Industrial Parkway.”
The board discussed, among other topics, the Homewood Corporation development planned for the land behind the Marathon gas station and the American Inn Motel.
Craft added the resignation leaves the township at an “economic development stand still” until they fill the position.
Spagnuolo will, however, appear on the November ballot running for trustee. The seat currently held by Trustee Ron Rhodes will be open, as Rhodes will not run again.
Craft said he knew Spagnuolo was running, but the board did not ask him to resign.
“We did instruct (Spagnuolo) no campaigning on work time or on Jerome property,” Craft said. “We also told him, if elected, he couldn’t serve as zoning inspector and trustee.”
The Journal-Tribune reached out to Spagnuolo and he said he “had no comment at this time.”
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