Oct. 23, 2006

Schoenke steps down

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

New Germany Mayor Franklin Schoenke banged the gavel for the last time as New Germany Mayor Wednesday, after turning in his resignation effective Oct. 19.

Schoenke explained that he has sold his house in town, and is no longer able to serve as mayor because he will be moving back to his farm outside the city limits.

City Clerk Joan Guthmiller said she contacted the League of Minnesota Cities and learned that the city can fill the vacancy by having the mayor-elect start early, following the Tuesday, Nov. 7 general election, rather than waiting until January.

The other option would be to have the acting mayor fill the vacancy until January, but, in New Germany, the seat held by Acting Mayor Paul Roepke is up, and he did not file for re-election.

The council approved a motion to have the mayor-elect who is chosen on Nov. 7 take over as mayor at the Wednesday, Nov. 8 council meeting.

Well bid accepted

The council accepted the low bid of $221,342 from Mark J. Traut Wells for the city’s new well project.

“We had two good bids from two good companies,” City Engineer Sheila DeWolf commented, adding that the bid was below the engineer’s estimate of $250,000 for the project.

The council authorized the sale of $1,535,000 in 20-year water revenue bonds for the project.

The bond sale will take place Wednesday, Nov. 22.

The bonds will be paid off using water revenues and hook-up fees.

DeWolf said that the city will need a minimum of 10 new connections per year to cash flow the bonds.

The first payment will be due February 2009, according to bond consultant Shelly Eldridge of Ehlers and Associates.

Annexation discussed

City Attorney Dave Hubert and City Planner Ann Perry were on hand to discuss annexation issues.

Hubert and Perry explained the annexation options that are available to the city, and discussed draft orderly annexation agreements that were received from Hollywood and Camden townships.

The council directed Hubert to move forward with discussions concerning the proposed 160-acre Trophy Lakes Estates development.

The council recommended that Trophy Lakes developer Grant Hustad work with Hollywood Township concerning annexation for the property.

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