First, the last order of business at
the meeting was announcements. Alderman Steve Fuhrer announced that
he would be taking a position as manager for the Lincoln Alexander
Lumber Co. effective July 1. Fuhrer has been employed with the
company's Bloomington branch.
Alderman Fuhrer's next announcement
floored many in attendance, as he said the new job will make more
demands of his time and he feels he would not do an adequate job on
the council. Therefore, he is resigning his position as alderman for
the 2nd Ward effective the end of June. He'll be present for just
one more meeting.
"I want to thank all the people that
have supported me over the years," Fuhrer said. "I have very much
enjoyed being an alderman in Ward 2 in the city, working with all
the department heads, the mayors and city attorneys, everybody. It's
been great. It's been a wonderful experience and I appreciate it
Mayor Beth Davis said: "You've done an
excellent job for us. You've done a wonderful job on ordinance and
zoning. We hope to see you involved in some way. I don't want to
accept your resignation but I know I have to."
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Applause broke out.
Alderman Fuhrer is a year and a half
into his second term, making 5½ years on the council. His rational,
softly spoken opinions have held much weight and were appreciated
and heeded often by his fellow council members. A general sense of
loss was uniformly expressed throughout the room.
In another matter of respect and
service, the council voted to compensate Lincoln Police Officer Jim
Raymond during his term of active military duty. In addition to his
military pay, the officer will receive the difference from his
salary to keep him at his current salary income while he serves his
Montcalm requested to start the new officer on June 30, to be on the
streets on July 1. He will select candidates from the layoff list
first and try to call back Officer Matt Comstock.