By DENISE FEDOROW
A new council member was appointed prior to Monday’s Nappanee City Council Meeting. Jake Dermott was appointed to take over the at-large seat when Janet (Jan) Brown retires at the end of the year.
Dermott observed the meeting and afterward said even though he’s not held a public office, as a lifelong Nappanee resident he’s thought about it and looks forward to collaborating with current council members.
“Nappanee is one of the best cities to raise a family and to live in,” Dermott said. “I want to see the city survive and be a success. Even though money is tight, I think we can work together to get things done and I want to be a part of that plan.”
Dermott will take office after the first of the year.
The council approved a redistricting ordinance on second reading. The redistricting is something that is typically done every 10 years after the census.
At the last council meeting Zoning Administrator Don Lehman explained that District 2 was expanded to include north Main Street and other district lines were straightened out. District 1 includes 1,670 people, District 2 has 1,673, District 3 includes 1,674 and District 4 has 1,631.
In Other Business
• Council members learned that 40 trees were planted on Market Street to replace those taken out because of the street project and that about 40 trees were replaced at the golf course.
• It was reported that leaf pick up is nearly completed.
• Council members expressed sympathy and requested prayers for council member Jeff Kitson and family for the loss of Kitson’s brother.