Petition to call for change of governance

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Timber Lake is one step closer to changing the form of city government.

City Finance Officer Karla Nordyke told the city council at their meeting Monday night that Margaret Holloman plans to initiate the petition process to change from the mayor and alder form to a board of trustees. The number of trustees was not specified but must be three, four, or five.

The petition requires signatures of at least 15% of the number of registered voters who cast ballots in the last general election —about 45-50. An election must be held within 50 days after the petition is submitted to the council. Nordyke suggested the election might be held the same day as the general election (November 6).

City council members have previously stated their support for changing to the trustee form of governance. Presently, a mayor presides over the council made up of six members, two from each of the three wards. It has been difficult to keep the positions filled and the council sometimes operates for a year or more with one or more vacant seats.


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