Mayor presides over his final town council meeting


Mayor Marvin Varner offered a brief summary of his two-decades-long tenure of leading the Town of Terry Council at the conclusion of Tuesday evening’s regular meeting. 
“Overall, things ran pretty smooth,” Varner told town officials. He noted the closing the town’s landfill and replacing the sewer system as difficult but necessary changes the town faced during his time as mayor.
The council’s decision to close the town’s landfill when it did was “a major stroke of luck,” Varner said, noting monitor wells were not required by the Bureau of Land Management at the time of closure.
Replacing the sewer system was “a tough thing for the public to face,” Varner said, adding, “to go from fees of less than $4 a month to over $20 overnight.” He called the decision “a major necessity.”
Varner also pointed to the “excellent” help in town maintenance crews and “good clerks” that helped facilitate his time in city government.
“I’ve been real fortunate through all my city government – as a councilman and as a mayor – there’s always been a good council, excellent help (with maintenance crews),” Varner said.
Pointing to upcoming issues, Varner listed a number of items he believes the town council will need to address, including providing a town water system, due to rules of the Environmental Protection Agency.
He encouraged council members to continue to monitor disposal water from the sewer lagoon and to talk with state legislators to ensure exemptions continue to exist for smaller communities regarding disposal water regulations.
Updating the town’s ordinance book and personnel policies was another item Varner encouraged the new mayor to address. 
Varner announced his intention to not run for another term early last year. Councilman Ron Kiosse was elected during the November municipal election and will be sworn in as mayor next month. His first council meeting as mayor will be Jan. 13.
Other items addressed
Council members discussed at length options for purchasing a garbage truck and pickup. Councilman Josh Helmuth has been looking into the equipment available, conditions of equipment and costs. The matter was tabled for the Jan. meeting to allow Kiosse to address the matter.
A request to build a smoke shack by Roy Rogers Saloon owners Clinton and Phyllis Mittlieder was unanimously denied by council members. The smoke shack would have been located in the alley behind the bar, on town property. 
Councilmen unanimously approved a livestock permit submitted by Tessa and Zane Shumway for another horse to be pastured west of Terry. 

Published Dec. 9, 2009

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