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Daughter of late mayor asks board to work together

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Austin Groshong
The daughter of a former Silex mayor has challenged the board of alderman to work together.
Heather Ackman, the daughter of late Mayor David Rice, addressed the board during public comment portion of the March 13 meeting. She asked that the board work together for the betterment of the town.
“If you don’t work together, this town is going to self-destruct and unfortunately, I am kind of seeing it happen and it is very scary to me,” she said.
The discussion comes after the Feb. 14 meeting, where Ackman and Mayor Bob Zeh exchanged barbs.
Ackman accused Zeh of insulting her parents. Ackman publicly apologized to Zeh during the most recent meeting.
“That is not the kind of person that I am and that my dad raised me to be,” she said.
Zeh also apologized to Ackman and the public for his outbursts during the meeting.
“There is no excuse for it, but it happened. It is what it is. So we’ll let that go,” he said.
Ackman said her father loved leading the city.
“My dad would have never called people names, talked down to them. He would never have taken money from the small struggling town. He never took a dime of his salary. He gave every penny back,” she said.
Rice was killed in a car accident on Nov. 27 2015. Zeh was appointed to fill Rice’s unexpired term. Zeh’s one year term ends in April. He was running against Dororthy Ford for mayor in the April 4 election.
Resident and candidate for alderman Mary Howerton said that any problems that the aldermen had between each other should be taken care of outside the meeting.
“When you are behind there, you work for us and you should comment as one person so we can get this town back together again,” she said.