Aug. 28, 2006

Schoenke won't run again for NG mayor

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

New Germany Mayor Franklin Schoenke announced Aug. 16 that he will not seek, nor would he accept, another term as mayor.

“It has been a good three-and-a-half years. It has been a fun job,” Schoenke commented.

He thanked the council for the work it has done.

“I have enjoyed it, but I have been active in public life for my entire life, and it is time for me to retire. It was a difficult decision,” Schoenke commented.

Members of the council expressed their regret at Schoenke’s announcement, and said they have enjoyed working with him.

“You are leaving some very big shoes to fill,” recently-appointed Council Member Pete Pederson commented.”

Pederson took the opportunity to outline his plans for the future.

“I want to announce publicly that I am going to put my name down for mayor. I am not going to let the city be held hostage by someone who puts their name down on the last hour of the last day,” Pederson said.

He went on to explain that he wanted to make the mayoral race a more interesting competition, and if a candidate wants the office, “they will have to go out and campaign for it,” he said.

Pederson commented that if a better-qualified candidate comes forward and runs for the mayor’s seat, he will withdraw his candidacy.

Water projects update

City Engineer Sheila DeWolf of Bolton and Menk gave the council an update on some of the city water projects.

“The results were fantastic. We picked a good side. We could easily get 500 gallons per minute from this location,” DeWolf said of the test well that was dug near the proposed well site, west of the baseball park.

The council authorized DeWolf to move forward with plans and specifications for the project.

The council also authorized staff to advertise for bids for the new 250,000-gallon water tower.

The foundation could be complete this fall, and the new tower could be up and running by fall 2007, according to DeWolf.

DeWolf also provided the council with copies of a plan to investigate and eliminate inflow and infiltration in the city’s sanitary sewer system.

The plan will be submitted to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency by the end of the month.

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