MEQUON - The common council now has two vacant seats following an announcement from District 7 Alderman Andrew Nerbun that he is moving out of his district and therefore must vacate his aldermanic seat.
Nerbun is moving to District 8 and formally submitted paperwork following his announcement during the March 14 common council meeting to be nominated by the council to fill Adams' seat. Also included in his submission was his formal resignation from his current position on the council.
His nomination isn't guaranteed, however.
The council discussed options to fill Adams' position prior to Nerbun's announcement at the same meeting. Options included accepting resumes for the council to appoint someone to the position or to hold a special election in November, which would be followed by the regular election for that seat's term in April 2018.
They decided to expedite the process, setting a deadline of noon March 31 for resumes and letters of intent. Interviews will then be set up for April 3 (and April 4, if necessary) by the committee of the whole, who will make a recommendation to the council for the April 11 meeting.
Alderman Robert Strzelczyk stressed all residents can reach out to any of the council members, saying they are not without representation and their voices do matter even if their district seat is currently vacant.
Two to fill
Now, the council is facing two vacancies. Nerbun said he is closing on his new home March 28, which prompted his resignation since he will no longer live in his district. The council was unable to take any action related to filling the District 7 seat during the meeting since the item was not on the agenda.
Nerbun said it wasn't his intent to create a double vacancy for the council, but he found it ironic that Adams was always trying to get him to move to her district by "saying how great it is." He said he's jumping to the front of the line with the application process for her seat.
"The interview ought to be interesting," Nerbun said.
Remembering Pam Adams
The agenda for the meeting did include a remembrance of Adams by Mayor Dan Abendroth. He called her a "uniquely positive and inspirational woman" who served on the common council for 23 years.
"Pam was a class act," Abendroth said.
He also gave members of the common council an opportunity to share their thoughts.
Strzelczyk called her an admirable woman and a good friend. He said she got things accomplished for residents while exercising patience and compassion. He also said he was proud how she kept a positive attitude while battling cancer.
"I will deeply miss you," Strzelczyk said.
Alderwoman Connie Pukaite called Adams a brave and courageous person who gave her all to the city.
A friend of Adams for the 18 years he's sat on the common council, Alderman Dale Mayr said he felt privileged to have her as a friend and she always had the best intentions for the city and its residents.