BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – After close to 90 minutes of interviews, the Fort Madison City Council appointed Tom Schulz and Donna Amandus to fill two vacancies.
The spots have been open for more than a month due to Tyler Miller’s resignation in the 3rd Ward and the untimely death of Bob Morawitz in the 2nd Ward.
The candidates got two questions from each the five sitting councilman on a variety of issues focusing on city revenues, nuisance issues, economic development.
Schulz was voted in on a 5-0 vote after a nomination from councilman Chad Cangas. Amandus was voted in on a 4-1 vote after Cangas’ nomination of Mike Chapman was defeated 2-3 with Councilwoman Rebecca Bowker voting fifth and casting a no vote breaking a 2-2 tie.
After being sworn in by Mayor Mohrfeld, Schulz and Amandus took positions for the regular agenda.
Jerry Hamelton, a candidate for 2nd Ward filed a petition that has yet to be verified. If verified, that petition would force a special election on December 29th, according to Lee County Auditor Denise Fraise.
Originally Fraise said the election would be January 5th, but further investigation turned up the election had to take place with 90 days of Morawitz death which changed the date.
The other candidate for 3rd Ward was Brian Peterschmidt.