City of Kidder appoints new Alderman

The city of Kidder held a special meeting November 19 to address issues concerning the city. The main purpose was to interview candidates to fill the vacancy of alderman. Ray Carlton, Dave McEwen and Amanda Nolker were the three applicants.

When asked why he wanted to be on the council, Ray Carlton said he was for change and wanted everyone to be treated fairly. He would like to look at the code regarding manufactured housing and placement of mobile homes within the city. He also asked if the city traded with the businesses in town. Carlton agreed with some of the ordinances but thought some needed to be changed.

When asked the same question, Dave McEwen said he has lived in Kidder for many years and has a vested interest, owning 20 lots within the city. He would like to keep the town’s best interest in mind respecting other people’s property, their valued interest and being able to sell his lots in the future. McEwen said his pension plan and finances are tied up in the property he is holding for sale. When asked if he was happy with the current code, McEwen said “Not completely.” He confirmed there has been a lot of time, money and several years spent getting the code in place and feels it is necessary in order for the city to move forward. He added his biggest concern is not to undo what has already be done but to only change what is pertinent in order to foster good growth within the city. He said the city does not need big town ordinances, but should not scrap what had already been put in to place.

It was later determined that Amanda Nolker did not meet the requirements for a council position, as she had not lived in the city of Kidder for a year.

Under old business, Alderman Steve Grooms said the street signs were in the process of being worked on. It was noted that gravel had been spread on some roads in town and another load may be needed. It was mentioned that parking for large trucks had not been finalized and they were still driving down city streets and causing damage. Alderman Ray Garton said Melvin McFee has been using the new water testing meter. McFee takes water samples from the lagoon to the city hall where the meter is kept so he doesn’t have to readjust and set the meter every time. He had to knock some ice off it the other day and if it gets too thick, he might not be able to take a reading.

Clerk Richard Evans said he met with a company in Brookfield that made copies of the city’s maps. Evans said Dennis is in the process of updating them. He will have to go to different houses and measure from the street in to the hookups in order to make correct changes on the map. It was suggested that the city have two copies of the map, one to make changes on and the other to remain at city hall. The board agreed to support the project.

Alderwoman Christy Bratcher made a motion that Dave McEwen fill the alderman position.

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