Resignation takes city council by surprise

Staff writer

City council member Travis Wilson resigned his position Monday, effective at the end of the month.

During an administrative report at the end of Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Larry Larsen read Wilson’s resignation letter.

Wilson wrote there would be some changes in his job duties during the next six months that would conflict with his attendance at council meetings.

He would be absent from meetings on a regular basis. Wilson said he had seen others try to fulfill their obligations by being only part-time members of an administrative organization and he felt it never worked well.

“Obviously it is with great sadness that we honor his request,” Larsen said. “He has been a good council member and council president. After he realized he would be missing most of the meetings, he decided to step away as he would not be able to carry out his commitment to his constituents.”

The final meeting in October will be Wilson’s last. Appointments to the council are made by the mayor.

In other business:

  • After an executive session to discuss personnel, council members voted to offer an open public works position to Lucas Larsen. Larsen will start at $13 per hour and will begin Oct. 25.
  • The second council meeting in October is scheduled for Oct. 31. Since that is Halloween, council members voted to meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the city building.
  • City treasurer Jonna Munson reported that the Saturday curbside pickup instead of the traditional Friday pickup left about half a dozen residents unhappy because their trash was not removed. Herschel West of Waste Connections was present to review the problem with the council.
    West and council members agreed that customers would become accustomed to the change and Saturday curbside pickup would continue.

Last modified Oct. 13, 2016