Wykoff appoints interim mayor,
seeking new city council member
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 3:18 AM
The city of Wykoff has appointed an interim mayor to fill the vacancy left by Lyman Hare following his June 9 resignation in light of the council's vote of no confidence.
A meeting was held Wednesday, June 18, during which the council accepted Hare's resignation and the vice mayor was appointed as mayor. Jeremy Comstock will finish Hare's two-year term, leaving office on Dec. 31 when the term is up.
The council vacancy created by Comstock's advance to mayor will be filled during a July 8 council meeting. The position has been posted and anyone who is a Wykoff resident at least 21 years of age and a registered voter may submit a letter of interest in filling the position as a member of the council.
The council position also goes until the end of the term, Dec. 31. Comstock's term as a council member ends on that date, as does councilor Rocky Vreeman's term. The seats - two councilors and a mayor - will be on the November general election ballot.
Wykoff City Clerk Cheryl Davis noted that due to the sudden resignation, the League of Minnesota Cities and the city attorney were contacted to help determine the next steps for the city, which wanted to act quickly to fill the vacancies.
The June 18 meeting was already scheduled at the June 9 council meeting to introduce the interim wastewater treatment plant operator, Jeff Copley, and to work with him on hiring a plant operation trainee. However, the start of the meeting was moved up to allow time to discuss the vacancies.
The June 18 meeting was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. to deal only with the new wastewater treatment plant operator's position and hiring trainees, but before Davis posted the meeting on June 12 - at least three days before the meeting date as required by law - the city chose to change the meeting time to 6:30 p.m.
The reason for the time change, said Davis, was in order to handle accepting Hare's resignation, declaring a vacancy and filling council and mayoral vacancies, all without making the wastewater treatment plant operator applicant sit through the June 18 meeting's entirety since he lives a distance from Wykoff.
The council, during the June 18 meeting, also rescheduled the July regular council meeting to Tuesday, July 8. The reason for the change is due to Comstock already having a vacation on his calendar the week of the usual second-Monday July 14 council meeting. Davis stated that Comstock "felt he should be in attendance for the July meeting."