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Lincoln alderman stepping down

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[JUNE 22, 2004]  The first evening of summer brought a variety of issues to the table of the Lincoln City Council at Monday night's business session.

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 very much."

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 5 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.

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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 country.

Chief Rich 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.

[Jan Youngquist]

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