Townships hold off-year elections
Published 11:12 am Monday, March 16, 2009
Mower County’s townships held its off-year elections last Tuesday.
Township supervisor and clerk races were decided, annual budgets and levies adjusted and other official business transacted at annual meetings when the polls closed.
Here are some of the results:
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Adams Township: Kim Bissen was elected by write-in to fill the vacancy created by the death last month of supervisor Tom Mullenbach.
Bissen received 14 write-in votes for a three-year term as supervisor.
Mullenbach received three votes posthumously.
Curtis Krebsbch was re-elected to a two-year term as treasurer.
A total of 20 votes were cast.
According to township clerk Ryan Mullenbach, the township board set the levy and approved budgets for general fund, $20,665; roads and bridges, $108,550; fire, $11,727; and ambulance, $9,500.
Austin Township: Board chairman Richard Epley was re-elected as well as supervisors Patricia Higgins and Pam Hall.
Clayton Township: Mort Kellogg, incumbent supervisor, was re-elected to another three-year term with 27 votes.
Challenger Richard Schaufler received five votes.
The levy remains $9,000 for general government and $25,000 for roads and bridges.
The township’s gopher bounty remains $4.
Lansing Township: Lynn Thompson was elected to a three-year term as supervisor with 34 votes. He replaces Lee Hanson.
Roberta Kraft had 25 votes.
Total of 47 votes were cast in the election.
Voters approved having their township clerk and treasurer appointed rather than elected.
The measure passed 31 to 15.
The township levy was set at $170,000.
Lyle Township: Gene Pell was re-elected to a three-year term as supervisor.
Dennis Whalen was re-elected to a two-year term as treasurer.
Ten votes were cast.
The general government levy remains $30,000 and $95,000 for roads and bridges.
Racine Township: Bruce Bucknell was re-elected to a three-year term as supervisor with 32 votes.
Paul Skifter received 16 write-in votes for supervisor.
Clarence Klenke was re-elected to a two-year term as treasurer with 45 votes.
Fifty votes were cast.
The township levy was set at $202,624.
The township board voted to make a $300 contribution to the Mower County Historical Society.
The gopher bounty remains $5.
Red Rock Township: John Mueller, board chairman, was re-elected to a three-year tern as supervisor.
Elaine Quill was re-elected to a two-year term as treasurer.
A total of 27 votes were cast.
The township levies remain the same as last year.
Waltham Township: Eugene Anderson, board chairman, was re-elected supervisor for another three-year term.
Tom Small was re-elected treasurer to a two-year term.
Action on the township levy was delayed until August.
Rita Hanegraff was re-elected to a two-year term as treasurer.
Tom Verdoorn was re-elected supervisor for another three-year term.
Ten votes were cast.
The township budget was left alone: Roads and bridges, $89,000; general government, $5,800; fire, $4,500.
The board members voted to make a $400 contribution to the Mower County Historical Society.
Also, the board voted the Austin Daily Herald its legal notice publication of record.
On Thursday, the Mower County Township Association will hold its spring meeting at Elkton.
Representatives from the 20 townships will gather at the Elkton Community Center, beginning at 1:30 p.m.