Mokane Council Slot Still Open

1 decade 6 months 5 days ago March 22, 2006 Mar 22, 2006 Wednesday, March 22 2006 Wednesday, March 22, 2006 5:51:02 PM CST in News

No one has filed papers to run for an open city council seat, and it's not the first time Mokane has had the problem.

"We always have trouble getting people to run," said Rev. Larry Sapp, the former mayor.

In 12 out of the past 20 elections, no one has run for the Second Ward seat. Sapp said it's no mystery.

"It's time-consuming," he explained, "and everyone doesn't like you after you're elected."

Mokane residents said they're not worried, because they think the three other council members can take care of business.

"I don't think that no ones cares," said Sapp. "I think they are afraid."

It may just be a numbers game. Mokane once had 500 residents, but is down to 200, with empty streets and only four businesses on the main road.

Anyway, City Clerk Dee Pfeiffer said it's more important to fill the First Ward seat.

"There are more people in Ward 1 than 2," she explained, "just not as many houses on the other side."

Mokane does not pay council members, but the town does knock off $15 from their monthly sewer bills.

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