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Wahpeton council OK's ballot measure that would drop 2 members

WAHPETON, N.D. — Wahpeton voters will get the opportunity to decide whether they want to see their city council downsized and reorganized in the June 12 city election.

The council voted 4-3 Monday, Feb. 5, to put an initiated measure on the ballot that would shrink the nine-member council to six council members elected at large, plus the mayor, who would be allowed to vote on all issues, said Darcie Huwe, the city's auditor and finance director.

The current council configuration has four council people elected from wards and four at-large, plus the mayor, who does not vote unless there is a tie, Huwe said.

Voting for the measure to revise the council were Perry Miller, Don Bajumpaam, Tiana Bohn and Rory McCann.

Voting against the measure were Lane Wateland, Martin Schmidt and Renelle Bertsch.

Councilman Brett Lambrecht was not present.