New alderman named, one PW position eliminated

Linda Trest
Staff Writer

Ruth Haase was sworn in as the new alderman for Ward 1 last Wednesday during a special afternoon meeting of the Board of Aldermen.

Mayor Cary Parker said he had been approached by four people who had expressed interest in serving for the seat’s unexpired term. Parker said that of those four, only Haase had been voted by a majority of the residents in her ward to fill that seat in the past. Parker also noted that Haase had served her full term. His nomination received unanimous approval from the board.

Scott Long’s resignation earlier in the month created the vacancy.

Haase immediately took her place on council for the remainder of the meeting.

An executive session was the only other item on the agenda. When the board returned to open session, the mayor announced a change in personnel. 

Parker said the board had agreed to take the public works department back to two personnel. The third slot in the department would be eliminated. This force reduction will result in the termination of Dave Crews. 

Many of the public works jobs are being done by outside contracted sources, Parker explained. Therefore, in an effort to save money, the board eliminated the full-time position. Parker said it is possible a temporary, seasonal worker will be hired in the spring to assist with grass cutting. Haase abstained from the vote, since she had not been privy to previous discussions. The other three board members voted for the job elimination.