HJ/EDJuly 10, 2006

NG seeks applicants for open council position

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

The New Germany City Council decided Wednesday to appoint an interim council member through the end of December.

The appointment will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Council Member Tommy Mathisen last month. Mathison is moving out of the city.

The council does not have a candidate in mind at this time, but encourages city residents who are interested in the position to contact city hall to express interest, and attend the next council meeting.

City Clerk Shelly Quaas said that the remaining two years of Mathisen’s council position will be put on the ballot for the November election as a separate question.

Residents will also vote for mayor, which is a two-year term, and two four-year council positions.

The terms for the seats currently held by council members Steve VanLith and Paul Roepke expire this year.

Rate increase approved

Moving on to other business, the council approved a motion to increase sewer and water rates by 3 percent.

Quaas said that rates have not been increased for more than a year.

A city audit that was recently completed shows a deficit for both the sewer and water accounts.

Quaas said this is due to the fact that the city has been paying some bills related to sewer and water improvement projects.

Softball tournament planned

The council heard from Council Member Steve VanLith that plans for the annual fire department softball tournament are going forward.

The event is scheduled for Friday to Sunday, Aug. 4 to 6.

VanLith said that this year, the event will feature a fireworks display for the first time. The display is planned for Saturday, Aug. 5.

Other events include root beer floats and a gun raffle.

The fire department is looking for volunteers to help with the event, VanLith said.

Planning commission update

Planning commission member Pete Pederson told the council that comments made by developer Clay Montgomery at the last council meeting were, “not entirely correct.”

Montgomery stated during the June 21 meeting that he felt City Planner Ann Perry was blocking development, and said that Perry had told him that he could not bring any new plans to the city until the Comprehensive Plan is complete.

Pederson said that Montgomery could submit informal plans, and discuss them with the planning commission, but no approvals can be given, and no public hearings can be scheduled until after the Comprehensive Plan is completed.

Pederson said the planning commission expects to bring a proposed plan to the council by September.

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