Even after several announcements about an open seat on the Baraboo City Council, the 4th Aldermanic District remains unrepresented.
The plan had been to fill the empty seat — left vacant after the resignation of Alderman Peter Chambas, who moved outside the district — at the June 11 council meeting, Mayor Mike Palm said.
But no one declared interest in the position.
“I would like to give a shameless sales plug for the next alderperson of the city of Baraboo,” Alderman Brett Topham, one of the longest-serving members of the council, said during the comments portion of the meeting.
Topham has served on the council for more than a decade.
“It’s good work,” he said. “If you’re sitting at home and you’d like to make a difference, don’t be afraid to step forward.”
Topham and others urged qualified residents of the 4th District to consider applying for the seat. Those interested should submit a letter to the mayor with information about their experience and qualifications.
The district consists of a large portion of the city’s southwest quadrant, including some industrial areas and businesses as well as quite a few residential areas, Palm said.
“I’m rather disappointed that there hasn’t been any response from qualified individuals,” he said.
Palm said a good candidate for the job would have an affinity for the city and be knowledgeable enough to look at issues that come before the council and committees. Applicants should know that in addition to two council meetings each month, some committee work is required, he added.
“The more qualified candidates there are, the better it is for the residents of the aldermanic district,” Palm said.
The council plans to hear brief presentations from qualified applicants at its next meeting and will then appoint someone to the seat.
“Really, I consider it an honor to serve, and I certainly believe that the aldermen that we have right now also consider it an honor and take their jobs quite seriously,” Palm said.
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