Aldermen accept results of recent election

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Recently elected members of the City of Concordia Board of Aldermen Kaleb Nierman (left) and Rob Hemme (center) stand with Concordia Mayor Michael Brown following taking the oath of office at the board’s April 15 regular meeting. Hemme and Nierman were elected to represent Ward I and Ward II, respectively, during the April 2 municipal election.
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At the April 15 regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, the board accepted as official the results of April 2 election and declared April 2019 to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Concordia.

Kaleb Nierman was elected to fill the vacancy created in Ward I when Gabriel Woods chose not to run for re-election. Robert A. Hemme was elected to fill the vacancy in Ward II that has been held by Larry Schnakenberg. Schnakenberg was first appointed to fill a vacancy and then ran for a two-year term on the board.

Other items on the April 2 ballot included:
—Proposition 1: which asked if the Board of Aldermen of the City of Concordia should hold their office for a term of four years (instead of two years) for those members of the board elected at or after the general municipal election held on April 5, 2021. The Proposition was approved by a majority of voters.
—Proposition 2: which asked if the Mayor of the City of Concordia should hold his or her office for a term of four years for those members of the board elected at or after the general municipal election held on April 4, 2023. The Proposition was approved by a majority of voters.
—Proposition 3: which asked if the Board of Aldermen of the City of Concordia should provide (by ordinance) for the appointment of a Collector as provided for by the Statutes of the State of Missouri. The proposition was approved by a majority of voters.

During his report to the board, Mayor Brown noted how much he appreciates Schnakenberg and Woods for their service as aldermen.

During his report, Schnakenberg said it had been an honor and a pleasure to serve on the board, and noted a few challenges and bright spots are facing the new board.
“We do still have some challenges, such as the drainage on Seventh Street,” he said. “The underpass and the new Cenex (facility) are really looking good. The next board will have a challenge to continue keeping the city looking nice.”
Schnakenberg added the city employees are a great asset to the city and that he really appreciates them. He also said he thinks the two new aldermen are good, Christian men.

Aldermen Fuchs and Emde also thanked Schnakenberg for his service. Woods was not in attendance.

Following the adjournment of the meeting, City Clerk Susan Flandermeyer administered the oath of office to incoming aldermen Hemme and Nierman.

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