Pierz Council votes to post for treasurer replacement

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

Maureen Watercott held the office of city treasurer in Pierz for 14 years, with 18 months left in her term when she died in June.

Watercott battled cancer for just four months before she lost the battle June 25.

The Council’s options were to hold another election, costing the city somewhere around $5,000, or to appoint someone to fill the seat until the term is up. During the 2014 General Election, the residents of Pierz will elect a new treasurer.

The Pierz City Council voted Monday to appoint someone to the seat and to post the position for two weeks.

Prior to its Aug. 12 meeting, at 6 p.m., the Council will review any applications received for interviews.

“We need to get a treasurer on board as soon as possible,” said Mayor Toby Egan.

The Council noted that any applicant must be a resident of the city. A job description is available at City Hall.

Pierz City Council Briefs

In other business Monday, the Pierz City Council:

• Approved an agreement between the city and the Rich Prairie Sewer and Water District (RPSWD) to share employee time as needed. Bob Otremba with the city and Bob Gruber with RPSWD will keep track of any hours shared. It was noted that Otremba would run the city’s equipment and Gruber would run RPSWD equipment, so there was no concern there;

• Set Monday, Aug. 12, at 7:15 p.m., during its regular Council meeting, as the date and time for the city’s preliminary levy hearing;

• Approved the placing of a sign at the entrance of the city’s manufactured home park; and

• Heard from Otremba that the mosquito spraying went well and that he had heard positive comments from residents.

The next regular Pierz City Council meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.