Council would like to change form of city government

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By Kathy Nelson

 

The Timber Lake City Council appointed Tim Gunderson as mayor Monday night, acting on the advice of their attorney, Eric Bogue, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Clyde Pfeifle last month. Council chairman Mike LaCompte had temporarily taken on some mayoral duties but declined when a motion was made to appoint him as mayor. Council members Tom Hermes and Josh Lemburg also declined. Lemburg said he was not willing to give up his vote. (The mayor votes only in the case of a tie.) Gunderson joined the council in January filling a Ward I vacancy. Jess Schlosser had previously resigned his Ward I post so Gunderson’s appointment as mayor leaves two vacancies in Ward I (east of Main Street).

Gunderson arrived late at the meeting so was not present for the initial discussion on changing the form of government to a board of trustees all elected at large. With the present form, a mayor presides over the council made up of six members, two from each ward. It has been difficult to keep the positions filled and the council sometimes operates for a year or more with one or two vacancies.

 

 

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