Tricounty News

Eden Valley elects two incumbents, one challenger

Incumbent mayor ran unopposed in this year's election, and won handily. Incumbent council member Eric Reetz won re-election to the council, as did former council member Cheryl Thielen.

The city's engineers have made preparations for next year's street work. Highway 22 will mostly be affected, but work will be scheduled in sections, beginning at the Hutcheson Avenue (north) end of town so as to cause as little disruption to downtown businesses as possible.

The flashing lights at the stop signs on Highway 22 at the intersection with Highway 55 must be replaced. Power poles are being replaced, and at least one will be removed permanently that provides power to the existing flashers. The options for the city are: a) bore under the highway to connect to power, at the city's expense; b) install solar-powered (with battery backup) LED flashers; or c) just install a bigger stop sign with no flashers. For safety reasons, the city will look into installing LED flashers at that intersection.

Bids for a new police vehicle will be discussed at the next council meeting, Dec. 5.