In a sometimes heated exchange with a citizen, the mayor of Cherokee and some council members responded to a petition seeking the elimination of the city administrator position, currently held by Ron Strickland.
During the public forum period of the Cherokee City Council meeting on Tuesday, Norman Rupp asked whether the city was going to act on the petition presented at an earlier meeting with an unspecified number of signatures.
Mayor Dennis Henrich said he had talked to each of the city council members and it was felt that the position of city administrator was needed.
"What has he done for the city?" Rupp asked.
"I think he has done a tremendous amount," Henrich said. Henrich cited creating a balanced budget and overseeing projects as achievements by Strickland.
"If I got 100 percent of my salary from the city, I wouldn't even think of buying anything from Menards," Rupp stated. Rupp accused Strickland of "bad mouthing" local businesses, stating that he could get materials out of town cheaper.
Marty Zauhar, council member, said that Strickland has bought many items locally and listed some of them. Zauhar said that many people continue to run down the town.
Bill Troth, council member, stated, "We're not going to eliminate the city administrator position."
Rupp said that the town has a bad reputation in other places, referring to tickets issued to motorists in particular.
At a later point in the meeting, there was a reference by council members to police reports showing that there were only 13 tickets issued for speeding during a month's time, while there were many more warnings given.