New man to serve

BOTKINS — A Botkins resident said the opening on village council was the perfect opportunity to do something he had always wanted to do.

“I wanted to be more active in the community,” Lance Symonds said. “This was something I was looking for.”

Botkins Village Council members unanimously elected Symonds to fill the opening on council at Tuesday’s meeting. The spot came open March 26 after Tammy Granger was hired as village treasurer.

Granger’s daughter, Ashley Zimpfer, resigned her village council position to avoid any possible conflicts of interests.

Symonds, 27, and his wife and two sons live at 412 E. State St. in Botkins. One son, Dylan, is 3, and Ethan just turned 2. Symonds said he and his wife moved to Botkins about six years ago and have been very happy there.

“I was from Jackson Center and my wife was from Anna,” Symonds

said. “We decided to meet in the middle and we moved here.”

Symonds said Botkins has become the family’s true hometown, liking it to television’s Mayberry, N.C., from the popular 1960s “The Andy Griffith Show.”

“I have never seen such an active and friendly place,” Symonds said. “Everyone is so friendly and you always see or lot of people jogging. When we first moved here we always joked that we thought no one in town owned a car. You always see people out walking or jogging.”

Symonds will finish out the remaining seven months of Zimper’s four-year term, which ends Dec. 31. He said he is looking forward to helping out in the community and is interested in running for the position in the election this November.

“I have always been a people person,” Symonds said. “I want to be there for the citizens and help out with any problems that may come up. In these types of positions you have to be reasonable and understanding at the same time. When it gets closer to the election I will evaluate how it has went but at this point I am very interested in running for the position.”

In his spare time, Symonds said he likes to golf, work in his yard, take walks around town and spend time with friends and family.