New aldermen to be seated at Thursday’s meeting

Linda Trest

Scott Long and Ed Adams will both be sworn in as the city’s newest aldermen at the next meeting of the Board of Aldermen, April 12. 

There were two open seats in Ward 2, one for a one-year term, the other for a two-year term. No candidate signed up for either seat, leaving a wide open write-in race. Adams was the top vote getter in both contests. 

City Clerk Jane Hungler says Adams has indicated to her that he will serve the two-year term. 

It will be up to Mayor Cary Parker to appoint someone to serve the one-year term. He told The Republican Tuesday that he did not have anyone selected at that time. 

Parker has been out of town with a family medical emergency for a few days. 

Both Adams and Long, who will serve in Ward 1, have been aldermen before. They should both be able to hit the ground running, without needing much time to get up to speed. They will have plenty to dig into once they are sworn in. The city needs to hire a water clerk, a laborer in the public works department and two police officers. There is an imminent water tower refurbishment for which to prepare and Bull Moose lease to negotiate.

Kevin Grube, Tina Bauguess and Ruth Haase will take their chairs on the dais for the final time Thursday. Once continuing business is completed, they will step down, and the newly sworn-in aldermen will pick up the new business.