Manchester City Council Vacancy to be Filled by Appointment

The Manchester City Council has a vacancy – and they plan to fill it by appointment.

Councilmember Connie Behnken resigned earlier this month, with her final meeting this past Monday night. And as City Manager Tim Vick explains, the council has chosen to appoint someone to her position instead of holding a special election – and since it is an At-Large position, it’s open to any resident.

If Manchester residents would rather see the vacant City Council position filled by electing someone, they can file a petition.

Vick says the City Council chose to appoint someone instead of holding a special election for several reasons, including the short amount of time left in Behnken’s term, the difference in how soon that seat could be filled, and the estimated $3,000 cost of holding a special election.

Also on Monday night at the Manchester City Council meeting…

  • The Council approved the first reading amending the City’s ATV Ordinance to remove the 800 cubic centimeters size restriction – that will allow for the ordinance to keep up with the changes in the market.
  • The Council also approved the second reading amending the City’s Ordinance on Recreational Fires – that will better define what materials are being prohibited from being used in a recreational fire and stipulate the containment and size of the fire too.
  • An engineering agreement was also approved for the Street Improvement Project in 2020, which will include a mill and overlay project on Highway 13 from the west end of Manchester to the north end of town.
  • The Council also approved a request from Franklin Street Brewing Company to fence off a portion of Shelly Park to be used as a beer garden for the River Runner Regatta on September 1st.
  • And they agreed to request by Dave Reiss for a partial flood wall along part of his business at Bushel & A Peck.
  • We’ll have more on some of these stories in upcoming newscasts here on KMCH.