Hansen re-elected council president

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Alderperson Charles Hansen was unanimously reelected president of the City Council Tuesday.

It will be Hansen’s seventh year as council president. The council president presides over council meetings when the mayor is not present.

The council completed its reorganization after the April 2 general election. The reorganization was originally scheduled for April 16, but there was not a quorum of council members available for that meeting, so it was postponed and made part of the regular meeting Tuesday.

Two new members of the council – John Nelson in the 2nd District and Jack Fernsler in the 3rd District – were sworn in by Clerk/Treasurer Patty Huberty.

A full slate of committee and board appointments were announced and/or approved at the meeting.

Mayor Donald Pohlman noted that there are still several vacancies on the various committees and boards. They included two positions on the Committee on Aging, one a one-year term and one a three-year term; two alternate positions on the Board of Appeals; and an alternate position on the Board of Review.

“We encourage people to step forward,” and volunteer to fill the vacancies, Pohlman stated. “We always encourage participation from the community.”

Only one appointment garnered any opposition from the council.

Alderperson Jackie Jarvis cast the only vote against Pohlman’s appointments to the Committee on Aging – Cheryle Pohlman and Lisa Hurley.

Noting that Pohlman is the mayor’s spouse, Jarvis stated, “With all due respect, I think that might present somewhat of a perception of a conflict of interest. Typically in a city, the mayor doesn’t appoint their spouse to a committee – only where the person is an expert on a topic do you make an exception.”

Alderperson David Williams, the council representative to the Committee on Aging, defended Pohlman’s reappointment.

“Mrs. Pohlman has been an asset to me, being that I’m relatively new to the position,” on the committee, Williams stated. “She has assisted me a great deal and I strongly endorse her position.”

He also noted that there is no financial gain for any Committee on Aging member. City Attorney Crystal Fieber agreed that legally the appointment is not a conflict of interest, as there is no financial gain at stake.

Williams also pointed out that the committee is already short two members and, without Pohlman, it could be a challenge for the sevenmember group to muster a quorum for meetings.

The council passed commendation resolutions for two outgoing members – Jim Faller and Jay Reilly. Faller was defeated by Fernsler and Reilly lost to Nelson in the April 2 election.

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