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Karan Legler and Jeff Kluthe shake hands
Outgoing North Bend mayor Karan Legler shakes the had of new mayor Jeff Kluthe as the nameplates in the council chambers are changed to reflect his new position during the Aug. 18 Council meeting.

Kluthe takes over as North Bend mayor

by Nathan Arneal
published 8/26/09

At the end of the Aug. 18 North Bend City Council meeting, mayor Karan Legler tendered her letter of resignation, which she read to the council:

“It is with heavy heart that I have to inform you that I am moving out of North Bend and Dodge County. I did not want to give up being mayor of North Bend, but that’s the way it goes. Therefore, I do hereby tender my resignation. Good luck to the new mayor and Council.”

Karan Legler tries on her new hat.
Karan Legler tries on the new hat presented to her by Tom Foltz and Erika Raymond of the summer baseball and softball programs.

Council president Jeff Kluthe then removed Legler’s name placard from the wall and replaced it with his own name placard as the new mayor of North Bend. Kluthe’s move to mayor opens up a seat on the City Council that will have to be filled in the coming weeks. Kluthe will nominate a person for the Council’s approval.

Erika Raymond and Tom Foltz then presented Legler with a thank you gift from the summer baseball and softball programs.

“We’re here to thank Karan for years of supporting our youth softball, baseball and all three parks,” Foltz said. “Whenever we wanted something you’ve always been there to help us out with money and support. Whatever we decided to do you were behind us, and we really appreciate that.”

Legler was presented with a pink ball cap with crossed bats and the words “N.B./M.B. Baseball Association.”

In other Council business:
• The Council received a request from a company wanting to place an antenna on the city’s water plant that broadcasts a GPS signal to be used by farmers in the field. The system is supposed to be more accurate than satellite-based GPS. The Council did not act on the request and will seek more information.
• Accountant Kent Speicher went through the 2009-2010 city budget with the Council.
• Reviewed letters both for and against the removal of a road at Leisure Lakes. The city attorney advised the Council not to get in the middle of the dispute and leave it up to the property owners to resolve.

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