Openings remain available for 911, R-2 directors

Dave Marner

With one week remaining until the closing of the filing period for the April Municipal Election, only the incumbents have filed for Owensville’s Board of Aldermen.

Mayor John Kamler, Ward 1 Alderman Dr. Cathy Lahmeyer, and Ward 2 Alderman Denise Bohl have each signed up for another term and that’s just fine with the mayor.

“I hope it stays that way,” Kamler said during the board’s Jan. 2 meeting noting the three incumbents were unopposed at that point. “This is my last (term), I promise.”

Incumbent City Marshal Robert Rickerd, the city’s police chief, is being challenged by Scott Eiler, a deputy sheriff’s sergeant for Gasconade County.

Owensville’s City Hall is closed Monday, Jan. 15 for the national Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Filing ends at 5 p.m. Jan. 16.

As of Tuesday, neither of the Gasconade County R-2 School District’s directors whose terms are expiring had signed up for another term. 

Bryan Curtman, Rosebud, is completing his second full term on the board after being elected in 2012. He joined the board in November 2010 to fill out the unexpired term of board member Chris Lenauer who resigned that September. Lenauer left mid-term over potential conflicts between state statute and being a business owner potentially doing business with the school district located in a fourth-class county adjoining a first-class county where the school district had properties.

He does not plan to seek another term due to a pending business expansion of his insurance agency into the Sullivan community.

“I am tentatively not in the race,” Curtman said on Tuesday. “I’m expanding my business into Sullivan. I really enjoyed it. I’m not lying. But, I just don’t feel I have the time at this point.”

If no one signs up, he said he would be willing to stay on the board as an appointment until someone could be either elected to the position or someone is appointed to fill the vacancy should there be one after April.

He said he’s spoken to a couple of people in an effort to get them interesting in running for the school board. “They’re circling the worm,” he said.

Debbie Landolt, Gerald, joined the board in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011. She was off the board for one year during the 2014-15 school year before winning another 3-year term in 2015.

She said Tuesday she was “leaning toward” signing up for another term. “I haven’t decided yet,” said Landolt. “I probably will. I am leaning toward that I will sign up again.”

The district’s administrative office is closed Monday, Jan. 15, for the MLK holiday and will be open until 5 p.m. on Jan. 16. Both positions are for 3-year terms.

Betty Estes has registered for another term as an at large member of the Gasconade County E-911 Board of Directors. Doug Estes, the director from the Northern District, previously said he would not seek another term due to his duties with the Hermann Area Ambulance District.

Clyde Zelch, director for the Southern District, will not seek another term, according to his wife, Emma.

All three terms are for four years.

Gasconade County Clerk Lesa Lietzow said Jean Koenig has signed up for another term as a member of the Gasconade Manor Nursing Home District. She is the incumbent representative for District 6 which includes all of Owensville Ward 1 in Owensville.

Pat Smith, a resident in the Mt. Sterling area, was expected to sign up for another term representing District 5 encompassing the Boulware and Boeuff townships.

Lietzow also reported incumbent Major Thomas had signed up as a candidate for the Sub-district No. 5 director’s seat on the Owensville Area Ambulance District. Mark Carey is the current director in Sub-district  No. 2. He had not signed up as of Tuesday.