And then there were eight or, conceivably, seven.

And then there were eight or, conceivably, seven.

A week before the next regular monthly meeting of the Clintonville Area Commission -- scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Whetstone Library -- chairwoman D Searcy was wondering why she had not received word from either of the two members who had indicated plans to resign.

"I have not, and wouldn't you think I would?" she said last week. "I don't know what's going on.

"I just thought I would have received something by now."

Now, she has.

Two members of the advisory panel, District 2's Chris Gawronski and Paul Harris, representing District 6, had previously announced their intentions to resign before their terms expired. Harris planned to relocate to Virginia while Gawronski was moving to the United Arab Emirates.

Neither had indicated an exact timeframe for departing, but Searcy said last week that she had expected to hear from both by that point.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, Gawronski submitted his resignation via e-mail to Searcy, others on the commission and members of the media.

"The time has come for me to announce my resignation from the CAC," Gawronski wrote. "My resignation should be considered effective Sept. 1, 2009. I regret that I will not be able to attend the September CAC meeting, but I must devote myself to preparations for moving as necessitated by my new employment.

"I have very much valued the opportunity I have had to serve District 2 and the Clintonville community as a member of the area commission. ... The fate of how future representation of District 2 is determined falls to you (Searcy) and the rest of the commission. Although I will not be in attendance to discuss the issue at the next meeting, I support the idea of a special election to fill my seat."

Meanwhile, Harris' status remained up in the air.

The home telephone number for Harris gets the following recording: "We're sorry, your call did not go through."

After he leaves, the other commissioners would appoint Harris' replacement.

Typically, commissioners call the chair to let him or her know "as a courtesy" if they're going to be absent, Searcy said.

Commission members who miss three meetings in a row can be removed by a vote of the remaining members, she said.

On the Sept. 3 agenda, Searcy said there should be discussion of resurrecting a task force to bring some relief to train whistle-troubled residents off Weber Road and Lincoln Avenue.

Previous efforts, one dating to the 1990s and the other taking place about five years ago, have sought to alleviate the problem of trains blasting whistles in residential parts of Clintonville, Searcy said.

The more recent, she added, got as far as recommending the use of whistles that direct sound down the tracks, and not in a full circle.

"But I don't think anything ever came of that," Searcy said.

Also on tap for the meeting, according to an agenda the chairwoman circulated late last week, are remarks from neighborhood liaison Isom Nivins, Joe Patchen and Jenny Smith from the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Clintonville Inc.'s Brian Williams and Laura Zimmerman of the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center.

Various committee reports, including election and education from District 1 representative Mike McLaughlin, variance and zoning from John DeFourny and planning and development by District 4's Mike Folmar and District 5 commissioner Nick Cipiti, also are on the agenda.

Public comment will be taken after the train noise task force is considered.

Adjournment is estimated for 8:45 p.m.

"It is important to note that due to budget cuts, the Whetstone Library will close at 8 p.m. rather than 9 p.m.," Searcy said. "Anyone who wishes to attend the meeting will need to arrive prior to 8 p.m. when the library doors will be locked."