Nash back on Mantorville City Council
After interviewing the two candidates for the city council seat left empty by the resignation of Ryan Christensen, the remaining Mantorville city council members appointed Luke Nash to fill the spot.
Christensen is moving to Kasson and so had to give up his chair on the council. His last official day is April 30.
Monday night, two candidates for the position were interviewed and Nash was selected.
Council members were impressed with both candidates.
Council member Don Hofstad said, “You both have great passion for the community.”
Christina Marie Fernandez was the other candidate. She explained that she was new to the community and was looking for ways to get involved.
Mayor Chuck Bradford said that both Fernandez and Nash were, “strong candidates.” He said that both would bring a lot to the council.
After Nash was selected by written ballot, Bradford said to Fernandez, “We would like to take advantage of your skill set,” and City Clerk/Treasurer Cami Reber told her there is an empty seat available on the board of the Economic Development Authority is she is interested in applying for that position.
Nash will be sworn in at the next council meeting. Nash has many years of experience on the city council and as the former mayor of Mantorville.
In other business, council members approved the request from Koreen and Scott Seim - who own the Mantorville Saloon - to have the Johnny Holm Band play at the old Relay Station lot during Stagecoach Days on June 29. The two first came to the council in June of last year to get preapproval for the event because it is the 50th anniversary of the band’s founding and to be able to reserve the band, they had to make the reservation a year in advance.
At that time, the chair of the Stagecoach Days festival, Brian Hindal, also had no objections.
The band will play from 9 p.m. to midnight and nearby residents will be notified of the event before it occurs.
The intersection between the lot and the Saloon will be closed for the event.
The lot will be fenced off, members of the Sheriff’s posse will provide security and no alcohol will be allowed to leave the fenced area where the band performs.
Council members also officially approved the Saloon selling alcohol at the event which is off their premises.
The council also approved making the repairs to the abutments under the covered bridge. The Park Board has budgeted for the repairs which will cost about $17,000.
The group discussed whether or not to make the repairs or just let the bridge collapse. The majority of the council agreed the bridge is part of Mantorville’s Riverside Park. Hofstad said, “It’s part of our image.”
After the 2010 flood, some of the funds paid to the city by FEMA were used to repair the structure at that time. Reber explained that FEMA officials said the bridge was, “an historic asset,” and should be saved.
The council meets again at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at city hall.