RANDOLPH — The Randolph City Council took steps to put things in place for 2017, during its Dec. 7 Council meeting.
Brad Bargstadt and Chad Winkelbauer were sworn into office after being re-elected in the General Election last month. Both men were unopposed in their run for city council.
Board members voted for Bargstadt to continue as the Council President, a position he has held for eight years.
Bargstadt was appointed to the Randolph City Council 10 years ago and has been elected by the voters for the past two terms.
Bargstadt and Winkelbauer have a determination to hold spending down as much as possible but also want to make improvements to the city.
Bargstadt said he is happy with the direction the council has taken.
“We have a good mayor in place and good council members. We are working together to try and get things done that need to be taken care of,” Bargstadt said. “It can be hard for a small town to do this.”
Winkelbauer is now starting his second term on the Randolph City Council.
Winkelbauer, who grew up in the Randolph area and has lived here most of his life, has a special interest in the community.
Winkelbauer has a concern with the problems involving the floodplain.
“The main thing for me is to see the Floodplain removed. That is important for the town. People have their hands tied because of the floodplain. They can’t do what they want to do because of all the regulations,” Winkelbauer said. “I want to have it taken care of before I am done on the Council.”
Getting Randolph out of the floodplain designation won’t be easy, he said, but it will be worth it.
“It will be expensive, but there is a partnership between the Army Corps of Engineers and the NRD and the City. We are also hoping to have some help from the county,” he said.
Board members also made the following appointments:
City Attorney – Lance Carlson
City Physician – Dr. Mwebe
Building Inspectors – Paul Leiting, Jim Billerbeck, Mike Dowling
Golf Board – Bryce Reimers, Zach Meyer
EMS Billing Services Inc. – Ambulance services for 2017
City Street Superintendent – Terry Mead
Engineer of Record – JEO Consulting Group out of Norfolk
Randolph City Council members also include Scott Wattier and Timothy Lemmons.
Dwayne Schutt serves as the City Mayor.