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Kathy Nelson appointed to council

Nov 12, 2013
Photo by: Trisha Phelps Winfield’s Kathy Nelson takes the oath of office after being appointed Monday night to fill a vacancy on the Winfield City Council.

By TRISHA PHELPS

Mt. Pleasant News

WINFIELD — The Winfield City Council appointed Kathy Nelson to a seat on the council last night, even though she did not win in the recent election.

With the resignation of David Good on Oct. 14, one seat on the Winfield City Council became vacant but not in time to get that position put on the ballot for the Nov. 5 election. The city council then had the option of appointing someone to the position or holding a special election. The term will be for two years, ending in 2015.

In preparation for last night’s meeting, Winfield Mayor Chris Finnell asked that any person interested in filling the position come to the meeting to tell the council a little bit about themselves. Three people came to the meeting in hopes of being appointed, Kathy Nelson, Larry Rodruck and Dick Reynolds.

“I asked some basic questions for each of them to answer and then we can decide to go that way or we can decide to have a special election,” said Finnell.

Nelson was the first person to speak up and she told the council that she brought office skills, hours of volunteer work and grant-writing skills to the council.

“I came here from Illinois for the school system, and once I got to know the community and the people I felt that I wanted to be a part of this community in any way I could,” said Nelson. “Helping make big decisions or helping to fund-raise for the school or city, I am just here to help.”

Rodruck spoke next and informed the council that he had been on the city council in the 1970s and enjoyed the experience, but that he felt he could bring more to the council now than he could before.

“I’m retired now so I have some time that I can give to this position,” said Rodruck.

Reynolds was the final person to answer questions for appointment, and when his time came he respectfully withdrew his name.

“Chris, I choose to withdraw from consideration,” he said. “I think you have two fine specimens here and either one would do just fine.”

After the candidates spoke, Council member Rodger Sharp made a motion to have a special election to fill the position instead of appointing Nelson or Rodruck. The motion died for lack of a second.

According to City Clerk Angie Oepping, a special election would cost the city an estimated $1,000.

“I just think we should have the option of more applicants,” said Sharp.

Finnell then pointed out that if anyone else felt strongly enough that they wanted to be on the city council they would have been at the meeting. According to Finnell, others expressed interest but did not follow through and come to the meeting to talk to the council.

A motion was then made by Ryan Rees and seconded by Ryan Kinneberg to appoint Nelson to the council. During that vote, Rodruck withdrew his name from consideration.

“I’ll make this real easy. Kathy (Nelson) took out nomination papers and she has worked hard to do this. She will do just fine,” said Rodruck.

Nelson was sworn in later during the meeting and began her position on the city council.

The council also:

Approved the second reading of the animal protection and control ordinance.

Approved the second reading of the dangerous animal ordinance.

Set a public hearing for the Urban revitalization plan updates for Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

Approved the annual urban renewal report for the fiscal year 2013.

The next Winfield City Council meeting will be Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in Winfield City Hall.

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