And then there were two

Council loses one candidate, but fails to agree on new member

The Dillon City Council on Wednesday night deadlocked on the question of which of three candidates to seat in the vacant Ward 2 seat at its table.

With just five of the seven current councilpersons present and five votes required to seat a new member, the Council stymied, with the top vote-getter, Ed Mooney, receiving four votes.

Russ Schwandt received the other nod in both the first and second votes taken on the issue by the Council during the meeting.

After the second vote, the Council decided to put off further discussion and another vote until its next meeting.

Tim Stoker had also submitted an application for the Ward 2 position, but announced at the meeting he was withdrawing from consideration and throwing his support to Schwandt.

Don Hand voted for Schwandt on both ballots, while the other councilpersons presnt at the meeting—Mandy Maass, Tom Straugh, Bill Shafer and John Garry—voted for Mooney.

Councilpersons Jim McIsaac and Dan Nye were not in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting.

The Council is next scheduled to meet on Jan. 4.