Council fills vacant seat

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The City Council filled an empty seat at their table Tuesday – but they have to move the chair back in place before their new colleague is sworn in at the Jan. 30 meeting.

The council appointed Nick Wilson to fill the vacancy in the 1st District left by the resignation last September of David Williams. Wilson, currently a member of the Park Committee, will serve until the April election.

A Green Bay native who grew up in Sheboygan, Wilson told the council members that he has lived in Plymouth for the last 14 years.

“I’m really happy to be here now. Plymouth has been great to us,” he stated.

There were two applicants for the open position, but Wilson was the only one who was present for the council discussion on the appointment. His appointment was approved by a 6-0 vote. Alderman Greg Hildebrand abstained, citing his friendship with both of the applicants.

City Clerk/Treasurer Patty Huberty noted that Wilson has filed papers to run for the remaining year of the term in the April election.

After the vote, council members pointed out for Wilson where he will be seated at the council table once sworn in and promised to put the chair – which had been moved into a corner – back in its place at the table.

The council accepted the resignation of Vi Feldmann from the Plan Commission and the Police and Fire Commission with words of praise for her long service to the city.

“There aren’t too many people who give 40 years plus to the city,” Mayor Donald Pohlman commented, noting that she had served on a number of different boards, committees and commissions over that time. “Vi left us a legacy we can appreciate. We need a few more like her to go forward.”

Council President Charles Hansen echoed Pohlman’s remarks.

Warren Wieser was appointed to the open position on the Fire and Police Commission, while Jeremy Schellin was named to the Plan Commission.

County Board Chair Thomas Wegner came to the meeting to give an update on county news and business.

Wegner – who served more than a decade on the council, including as council president, before moving on to the County Board – began by thanking the city for their cooperation with the county on the highway department complex project.

The city agreed to allow the county to access an existing city sanitary sewer line that serves Rocky Knoll for the new highway building, which is located across State 67 from Rocky Knoll.

“We were able to save quite a bit of money,” as a result, Wegner told the council. Without being able to access the city sewer line, the county would have been forced to put in a septic sewer system for the new complex at a cost of around $450,000. “That was important,” Wegner acknowledged.


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