Former Adel City Councilman Mike Haynes officially moved outside of the city limits on June 1 and, therefore, resigned his position as Adel City Councilman. At their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 12, the Council, along with new City Attorney Kristine Stone, discussed plans for filling the seat Haynes leaves vacant.
The City has the option to either fill the vacant seat by appointment or by holding a special election. At the council meeting, they decided that they would appoint someone to the seat to fill the position until 2019, a much more cost effective option than holding a special election.
Stone explained that the city will have to fill the seat within 60 days of it become vacant.
Adel residents do have the option to file a petition to force a special election if they are unhappy with the Council’s decision to appoint someone to the seat. The petition has to be filed with the City within 14 days of the appointment.
Those interested in being appointed to the Adel City Council are encouraged to send either a resume or a letter of interest to City Hall by July 3. The council would then hold public interviews with candidates they are interested in at a later date.
Discussion of Public Meeting
A public meeting was held on June 5 at the A-D-M High School Auditorium to discuss preliminary plans for a project that would widen Highway 169 in the southern portion of town, would pave Meadow Road and improve the trail system in the area. The Council discussed what they took away from the meeting, that the public was encouraged to participate in, and what next steps they will take.
Councilman Rob Christensen, who is the chair of the Street Committee, said that they now need to go in depth and address the concerns that the citizens raised at the public meeting.
Christensen moved that the Council direct Mayor Jim Peters and City Administrator Anthony Brown write letters to engage in dialogue with the Dallas County Board of Supervisors regarding their involvement in the Meadow Road portion of the project, and with the Department of Transportation regarding their involvement with the Highway 169 portion of the project and the possibility of lowering speed limits in that area.
Councilman Bob Ockerman suggested that they continue to move forward with their current schedule, which calls for a decision on the project by January, 2019, to avoid losing the $1.5 million commitment they have from the DOT for the project.
They also approved a contract with McClure Engineering to continue with the next phase of the project which includes the preliminary planning and the design concepts for a cost of around $17,000. Approving that portion of the contract was in lieu of approving the contract for the whole project, which would have been for more than $600,000.