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    Buhl mayor not seeking second term


    26 days ago

    BUHL—Buhl Mayor Brandin Carter announced last week that he is not seeking a second term as the city’s mayor, and is encouraging citizens to get involved in city government.

    Carter announced at an April 16 meeting of Buhl City Council that he and his family are “moving onto the next chapter” of their lives, and that involves moving out of town, making him ineligible to serve as the town’s mayor.

    In the meantime, Carter said, “There’s still a lot of work to be done—a lot of things to do.”

    The reason he made the announcement now, Carter said, was that he wanted to get the word out before the filing period opens. Carter said he didn’t want to “leave the town hanging,” and is hoping more people will take the opportunity to get involved.

    “If you’re able, willing, please file and let the people decide,” Carter pleaded. “It’s a great way to serve your community.”

    For anyone considering filing for office and has questions or concerns, Carter said they should contact himself, city councilors, or city staff.

    Carter, who was elected to office in November 2022, said he’s learned a lot since he took the oath of office.

    “It’s been an amazing experience, one I’ll never forget,” Carter said, thanking the council, and expressing appreciation for the opportunity to serve his community.

    In addition to the mayoral vacancy there are two council seats open. Councilor Renee Loeffler and Councilor Michael Hadrava are the incumbents in the council races.

    The filing period for Buhl city offices opens Tuesday, May 21 and closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at Buhl City Hall. There is a $2 filing fee.

    The council took up the following other matters at its April 16 meeting.

    • Heard an update from City Administrator Tony Jeffries that the city was awarded $3 million in federal funding.

    The dollar amount of the federal funding appropriated to Buhl is $3,048,000. Jeffries, in an email earlier this week, explained, “This appropriation will go toward the repair/refurbishment/restoration/reconstruction/ replacement of the municipality’s aging and deteriorating water storage system, including an elevated tower and ground storage basin(s), as well as additional utility (sewer/water) infrastructure installation for the continued expansion of its municipal Buhl Business Block (formerly South Industrial Park).”

    • Voted to endorse the State of Minnesota constitutional amendment to continue funding natural resources with lottery proceeds.

    • Approved a letter drafted by city staff to thank elected officials at the state level for inclusion in the tax bill for possible funding.

    • Announced the Buhl City cleanup is at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Bags and gloves are provided. Interested parties are asked to meet up at the Burton Park Pavilion. The cleanup involves the park, golf course, beach and campground.

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