Sticha resigns from New Market City Council

Chuck Kajer, Managing Editor

New Market City Council member Curt Sticha submitted his resignation at the February 22 meeting of the New Market City Council.

Sticha and his family are purchasing a new home outside the city limits and will be moving in mid-March. His resignation is effective March 15.

Sticha was appointed to the council in 2004 and was elected to a full term last November.

City Council members were asked how they wanted to go about appointing a replacement for Sticha. State statute requires the council to appoint a replacement who would serve until the next election. That may be a moot point, since the city will be voting later this month on a merger with neighboring Elko. If the merger is approved, the current council would disband at the end of the year and a new one, to be elected in November, would take office in January.

Tom Michaud said he would recommend the council appoint Jason Ponsonby to serve the remainder of Sticha’s term. Ponsonby, like Sticha, was appointed to the council in 2004. However, he was defeated in last November’s election by current council member Josh Storlie. Council member Joe Molitor and Mayor Jim Friedges both agreed Ponsonby would be a good choice, since he was familiar with the issues facing the city as it works toward the merger.

City Administrator Thomas Terry said he would prepare two resolutions for the next meeting, one accepting the resignation and another appointing Ponsonby at the next meeting, if Ponsonby agreed and the council wanted to appoint him.

Bond sale gets go-ahead

Bruce Kimmel of Springsted Financial Advisors presented information on a bond sale for $2.87 million for the city. The bonds would be used for street and utility improvements associated with the new Eagle View Elementary School now under construction and with the Old Town/Firehouse development.

Terry said this bond was not a straightforward bond, because of the different components. Springsted did a good job in putting it together.

Michaud moved to approve the sale, and the council approved it on a 5-0 vote. The bond proposals will be bid on March 22, using an electronic bidding process, and the council is scheduled to award the bonds at its meeting that evening.

Election judges

The council appointed election judges for the March 21 special election concerning the Elko-New Market merger and the April 18 special election on the question of Sunday Liquor. Judges are Pat Caduff (head judge), Jan Kaufenberg, Joe Simon, Sandy Green and Jan Seykora.

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