Mayville city council members facing recall electionMayville, ND (WDAY TV) - We are less than a week away from Election Day, but in Mayville, they're preparing for a different round of balloting.
Mayville, ND (WDAY TV) - We are less than a week away from Election Day, but in Mayville, they're preparing for a different round of balloting.
Two city council members are facing a recall election in January.
It seems the main reason behind the recall stems from the elimination last spring of the public works director. A job that some residents say is essential in the city of about 2,000 people.
In a town this size Deb Kylo helped circulate petitions for the recall. She says eliminating the Public works director and moving the responsibility to the city auditor is a bad idea.
Deb Kylo, Worked in Petition Drive: “In a town this size you need somebody that can give you an answer. Like right now.”
Mike Carr, Member Facing Recall: “It became more of an administrative position which it was designed to be more of a working position.”
Mike Carr is one of two council members that will be up in the recall in January.
Carr: “I really don't feel there is a need for it in a city that size. Something bigger maybe 10,000 people or higher would need a position like that.”
Besides the removal of the public works director there are some in town that feel the current city council hasn't managed the city’s finances as well as they should of including an investment in a property addition on the south side of town.
JR Jorgenson, Upset Over Spending: “But they're pushing the point that we want revenge.”
JR Jorgenson is one of those who’s not happy how money is being spent.
He claims the city sunk money into this land for development that has taken off and now the bill from the project are coming do. He thinks that the saving from elimination of the public works director doesn't match what wasted.
Jorgenson: “You know why we don't have the money because of that housing project. They refused to let the people vote. They voted it in themselves. Now it’s gone bad.”
So this small city will be voting again to decide on two spots on their city council, and at least one of those on the ballot hopes it's decisive.
Carr: “I know it's impossible to do but I'd like to get 80% of the city at least so that it's out there in the public and everybody can get there vote in so everybody does know which way they'd rather have the city go.”
The salary of the public works director was just over $50,000.
We tried several times to contact the other council member recalled Larry Obrien, but with no luck.
So far one person has filed to run against the two recalled councilmen and the last day to file is November 19th.