BRITT | It was an evening of welcomes and farewells for the Britt City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Ahead of the city council meeting, Stacy Swenson and Paul Verbrugge were sworn in as city council members following the Nov. 7 municipal elections.

Swenson was elected to fill a vacancy on the city council, which was held by Chad Luecht who was appointed to the seat earlier this year, and Verbrugge was re-elected to a four-year term after being appointed to fill a vacancy in the spring of 2016.

Luecht was elected to a four-year term. He will fill a seat currently held by Mike Ostercamp, a longtime council member who will retire in December. Mayor Ryan Arndorfer ran unopposed for a two-year term.

Near the end of the meeting, Arndorfer presented Ostercamp with a plaque and a thank-you card for his “many years of dedicated service on the Britt City Council.”

Ostercamp, a lifelong resident of Britt, was first elected to the city council in 1993 after his employer, Jim Trulson, a former longtime council member, convinced him to run for an open seat.

He ran and was re-elected to the city council for two additional four-year terms in 1997 and 2001. In 2006, Ostercamp decided to take a break from local government before running again in 2010 and 2014.

“From all of us in the city of Britt, we’d like to thank you very much for your years of service. We appreciate it,” Arndorfer said shaking Ostercamp’s hand.

Also during the meeting, the city council:

  • Approved the pay estimate of $181,952 to McKiness Excavating Inc. of Mason City for work completed on the city’s commercial park—nine lots positioned between U.S. Highway 18 and Diagonal street—and improvements near the intersection of Main Avenue and Seventh Street Northwest as of Oct. 31. The city council approved the contract for construction of sanitary sewer, store sewer and water as well as paving for $931,933 in September. The paving will be done in the spring.
  • Discussed the city’s policy for delinquent utility bills. The city has about 80 or 90 residents who pay their utility bills late or not at all. The council will talk about the issue further at its Dec. 11 council meeting.
  • Arranged to interview two city clerk/administrator candidates with the full council ahead of the Dec. 11 regular council meeting if they pass their background checks. A committee of council members, city staff and the mayor interviewed four candidates on Nov. 11.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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