LeRoy alderman to step down, mayor weighs replacement option

LeROY — The city council met briefly Monday night, approving a resignation and a farm lease. 

Alderman Anne Anderson of Ward 2 submitted a letter of resignation citing personal health issues for her departure from the council. 

“Thank you all so much for your continued support and guidance and for your continued support and guidance and for the opportunity to have been a part of the leadership of the City of LeRoy,” Anderson said in her resignation letter. 

Her resignation was approved unanimously “with regret” from the council and Mayor Steve Dean. 

“We regret to see her leave,” Dean said. “She has kept us on our toes and been  valuable member of the council.” 

Dean then told the council he already has an appointment for her successor in mind. 

Kyle Merkle, also of Ward 2, has filed his papers with the county to be a write-in candidate in the upcoming April municipal elections. 

Dean said, if the council did not have any objections, he would appoint Merkle to the council seat at the council’s next February meeting so that he would be able to experience the budget process prior to the election. 

The council, with Aldermen Greg Steffen and Hillary Neal absent, indicated they did not have a problem with the arrangement. 

 

Other Business 

Farm Lease: The city council extended a lease agreement with Kyle Rafferty for the farming of 20 acres of city-owned land. City Administrator Dave Jenkins said both parties agreed to the terms, and the lease was the same as the one last approved between the two parties. 

Sewer Fees: The city is finished with its long-term control plan and it will decrease the fees on water and sewer bills regarding that plan. But it will implement a post-monitoring fee for the same amount as the decrease on the bill, so residential fees will remain unchanged. 

Jenkins said the post-monitoring fee and a capital projects fee could be reexamined in a year. 

Website: The city’s website redesign is in the preliminary steps, and meetings between the developer and the city began Tuesday.

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