MONTROSE, MN – Montrose City Councilwoman Jill Menard has resigned.
Her resignation was effective May 16, and the council accepted it Monday.
Councilmembers then briefly discussed how to fill the vacant seat up for election in November, along with Councilman Roy Henry’s seat.
“Being that it’s so close to the elections, I think we should leave it,” Councilman Lloyd Johnson said.
Councilman Ben Kuehl agreed, saying if the council were to appoint a new councilmember, he or she wouldn’t fill the seat until, just three months before elections.
“As soon as the election is done, we can bring the person on right away,” Kuehl added.
Menard’s resignation was one of eight the council approved Monday.
Kurt Anderson, Bru Ploog, and Charles Smallwood resigned from the Planning and Zoning Commission during the May 16 meeting.
They have also resigned from the Park and Recreation Commission, along with Abby Myers. The commission, on 2-0 votes by Smallwood and Matt Russell, accepted the resignations of Anderson, Smallwood, and Myers, while also accepting Ploog’s resignation as chair. Ploog later resigned altogether.
The council accepted the resignations, and appointed Barry Rhineberger and Sylvia Henry to the Park and Recreation Commission, on 4-0 and 3-0 votes, respectively, with Henry abstaining on the vote to appoint Sylvia Henry.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved a concept plan submitted by Paxmar, LLC, for The Preserve on the west end of Montrose, which would consist of 99 residential units, including 45 single-family detached townhomes and 54 two-family attached townhomes ranging in price from $200,000 to $300,000 and governed by a homeowner’s association.
• heard from new City Engineer Shawn Louwagie regarding a public meeting that will need to take place regarding improvements to Highway 25, including the replacement of city sewer and water lines and the addition of curb and gutter and a trail on the west side. He has been getting up to speed on the project, which was initially being managed by the city’s former engineer from Bolton and Menk.
• approved the purchase of four solar lights for the Highway 12 walking path for $14,501 from Sol by carmanah.