Council appoints Christofferson as mayor

 During last week’s regular Terry Town Council meeting, the council unanimously voted to appoint Rolane Christofferson as Terry’s mayor. Christofferson will serve as mayor through November 2015, when a municipal election will be held, where both the mayoral seat and Ward II council seat vacated by Christofferson will be up for election. 

The council is currently accepting letters of interest from individuals considering serving as a Ward II councilperson. The council will appoint a Ward II councilperson to serve through November 2015.
“We’re just looking for anybody that’s interested,” Christofferson said of the Ward II council seat. “We’re hoping to get good candidates.”
In order to serve as a Ward II councilperson, the individual must live within Ward II for at least 60 days. Ward II encompasses homes in Terry located east of Logan Avenue.
As vice president of the council Christofferson, who was reelected as a Ward II councilwoman in November, 2013, has been serving as mayor since the first of the year, due to the absence caused by illness of Mayor Ron Kiosse. The council’s mayoral appointment followed the April 4 death of Kiosse. The council had 30 days to appoint a new mayor, Christofferson explained, and 30 days from April 17 to appoint a Ward II councilperson.
Other items of business the council addressed during their regular April 17 meeting, included revisiting the truck route recently adopted by the council. In order to clear up some confusion, the council plans to make some revisions to the route, Christofferson said. 
Signs designating the truck route have not yet been placed. Concerns regarding state highway right-of-way issues regarding the signs were addressed by the council as well as some changes to the route.
The council also addressed a potential rate increase for town sewer users. Because the requirements of the current loan are not being met, the monthly sewer rate, which is currently $25, may increase slightly, Christofferson said, noting it would likely only be a few a dollars for each account.
Because of constant need for street repairs, the council is considering means to raise revenue for a street maintenance fund. Options include a mill levy or assigning a street assessment tax to property owners.
“There’s just a constant maintenance on our streets anymore,” Christofferson said. “It’s just an ongoing cost and it’s not going away.”
The street maintenance fund issue will be addressed at future council meetings. The next regular meeting of the Terry Town Council is scheduled for May 15.

Published April 23, 2014

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