Published On: Wed, Jul 17th, 2013

Burbach’s resignation brings up questions

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HARTINGTON — The search for a new City Council member, will not be limited to the North Ward.

Hartington City Council President Tim Burbach resigned from the Council last week after 12 years on the Board.

Mayor Brad Peitz now has up to a month to come up with a name for someone to fill the void, said Hartington City Attorney Steve Pier.

Burbach represented the city’s North Ward ever since he was first elected in 2000.

Since local voters made the decision last November to consolidate Hartington’s two voting wards into a single ward, this widens the candidate pool to replace Burbach.

County Clerk Dave Dowling said appointments and those elected can now come from anywhere within the city limits.

Once the Mayor makes his choice, a special meeting can either be called to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the Mayor’s choice or Council members could just make it an item on their regular agenda, Pier said.

If the Council would vote ‘no,’ then the mayor will have to continue to submit names until a person is chosen.

Since Burbach had the most tenure on the board, he also served as the City Council President. With his resignation, Gary Kruse now has the most seniority on the Board.

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