Council looks to fill vacancy

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The City Council is looking for someone to fill an empty seat.

The council Tuesday decided to seek applicants to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of 1st District Alderman David Williams last month.

The council voted to advertise for applications for the position representing the city’s northwest side.

City Attorney Crystal Fieber explained that, although Williams’ term ran through April 2019, the appointment would be until next April.

State law, she said, requires a special election next April to fill the remaining one year on the term.

Council President Charles Hansen moved that the council follow the application, review and appointment process it has used previously. Applications would be due by the end of November, with the council reviewing them and interviewing candidates at their Dec. 12 meeting, where they would appoint a new council member effective with the first meeting in January.

City Clerk/Treasurer Patty Huberty noted that there will be five council seats on the ballot next April – four two-year terms and the one-year term in District 1. Nomination papers can be taken out starting Dec. 1 and must be returned to the clerk’s office by Jan. 2.

The council added its endorsement of the State 23 four-lane expansion project, unanimously adopting a resolution to that effect.

The state Department of Transportation is updating its Environmental Impact Statement on the project after a federal judge issued an injunction to halt the project in 2016.

The resolution stated the four-lane project “would improve safety and operational capacity” and would be “a benefit to the community.”

The DOT is seeking public comments on the project by Nov. 12.

In the audience comments portion of the agenda, the council heard from Morning Drive resident Diane Kleefisch about traffic concerns on Summit Street and Fond du Lac Avenue on the city’s west side.

“I just wish we could get people to slow down coming into town. That hill is horrendous,” Kleefisch said of the west side streets. “It’s the biggest hill in Plymouth and apparently people think it’s turned into a racetrack. It’s just gotten progressively worse each year.”

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