New council member sought
WAYLAND – There is now a vacancy at the table for Wayland’s City Council.
Councilman Josh Miller resigned his post at the Dec. 19 meeting, effective Dec. 20.
“I hate to see Josh go. He’s done a good job, in my book. He has a lot of expertise in his field that we will miss. We’ve been glad to have him on the council as long as we have,” said Wayland Mayor Brad Roth.
Miller has been a council member for Wayland since 2008, but will be moving outside of the city limits and will no longer be able to be on the city council.
“I look forward to pursuing other ways to serve the community. I think we have a good thing going here and we have for a long time,” said Miller. “There are good people in the council and as our community leaders. It’s something to be proud of here in town.”
After the motion to accept his resignation was passed, the council presented Miller with a framed copy of the resolution of appreciation.
Because there is now a vacancy on the council, the council will put a notice in area papers about the vacancy and will plan on appointing a new council member at the Jan. 16 council meeting. If desired, citizens may petition to have a special election to replace Miller on the council.
Also discussed at the council meeting was the reimbursement to Ben Leichty for EMT training.
In an effort to have more trained emergency medical technicians, the city has agreed in the past to reimburse people who receive EMT training. “We’ve got an agreement that we’d reimburse them when this happens,” said City Clerk Bev Conrad.
“I’ve called, and they’ve only got two EMTs,” said Roth. “It’s not for everybody, but if someone wants to do it, we should support them. (EMT training) is $1,200 and he starts in January.”
Miller agreed, and pointed out the benefits of having more EMTs in town.
“It is a big commitment to continuing their education, but it is a good value to have in your town. They definitely have more skills and more training than a first responder.”
The council also:
• Approved having a college intern in the police department;
• Approved the purchase or donation of a projection screen for the community center;
• Approved the tax abatement application for Agri-Way Partners for feed mill addition and a new grain storage bin;
• The next council meeting will be Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.