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Published October 16, 2012, 02:22 PM

2 Mayville Council Members Face Recall Election

Mayville, N.D., will conduct a recall election in January of two current City Council members.

By: Kevin Bonham, Grand Forks Herald

Mayville, N.D., will conduct a recall election in January of two current City Council members.

The election will be Jan. 16 for the council seats currently held by Mike Carr and Larry O’Brien.

City Auditor Gail Olstad certified that separate petitions to recall Carr and O’Brien contained the necessary 104 valid signatures.

Carr and O’Brien are two of four council members who voted in June to eliminate the position of city public works director, which resulted in longtime director Byron Kleven losing his job. The vote was 4-2.

Kleven rejected an offer to stay on the job in a limited capacity until Sept. 30, according to the auditor.

The other two council members who voted for abolishing the position, Larry Young and Steve Hastings, did not seek re-election in the June city election. Kim Meshefski and Bill Bohnsack were elected to take their seats.

Mayville City Council expected to approve the recall election date, which must be established between 90 and 100 days of when the recall petitions were certified, at its meeting Monday evening.

Candidates for the City Council seats have until 4 p.m. Nov. 19 to file nominating petitions, which require a minimum of 30 signatures. Carr and O’Brien automatically are placed on the ballot, unless they formally decline, according to the auditor.

Both have two years left on their four-year terms.

The special election is expected to include one other local issue. Mayville Fire Department is requesting a seven-mill property tax increase to replace a 50-year-old pumper truck. The measure requires 60-percent approval to pass.

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