Sunday, September 22, 2019

Mantorville council certifies election results

At their meeting Monday evening, the Mantorville city council members unanimously approved the results of the general election Nov 8. 

Chuck Bradford held onto the mayor’s seat with 517 votes over 31 write-in votes.

Elected to four-year terms were Henry Blair with 365 votes and Ryan Christensen with 469 votes. There were 14 write-in votes. 

Christensen will replace Sherry Roth who did not run again in this election.

The special election winner was incumbent Will Lambert with 501 votes over nine write-ins. This position is for a two-year term.

On Election Day, at 7 a.m. there were 717 people registered to vote. Sixty-four people registered on Election Day. 

City Clerk/Treasurer Cami Reber thanked the election judges that helped with the election that day. She said the group came in at 6 a.m. and stayed until the ballots and voting machine tapes were delivered to the Government Services Building at 10 p.m.

In other business, the council approved a cooperative snow removal agreement with the state Department of Transportation for Highway 57 where it goes through town. The agreement calls for a private company to remove the snow and the transportation department to pay the bill. The bid from Swenke/Ims Contracting, LLC to remove the snow was accepted. 

The local Economic Development Authority needed one more member and Brian Hindal applied for and was approved by that group. 

His application came before the council at this meeting and he was unanimously approved as a member of the Authority. In his application, he stated he had been “…involved and around Mantorville most of my life.” He served as a volunteer and director of photography at the Wasioja Civil War reenactment. 

Public Works Supervisor Scott Larson said the playground equipment installation is not quite finished. 

He also said Fifth Street construction is not quite complete as there are apparently some driveway approaches that need to be finished. After discussion amongst the council members, it was surmised the landscaping on the project would be completed in the spring.

The majority of the work is done, however. 

Larson also reported that the wing is being installed on the city’s plow truck, which will be completed by next week. 

Reber reminded the council members that Monday at 6:30 p.m. is the fall budget meeting. She will have available the infrastructure wish list as well as other staff ideas such as up

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