By ERIC SCHAADT
ARLINGTON — Citing a job scheduling conflict, the mayor of Arlington stepped down on Monday, while a councilman who had intended to resign changed his mind.
Mayor Ed Solt resigned, indicating that his expanded work schedule will conflict with council meeting nights.
“Tonight is it,” Solt said as he announced his departure. “I appreciated getting to do this. It’s a good town,” Solt said.
“I’m so sorry to see Ed leave,” Councilwoman Marcia Smith said.
Council President Michael Palmer will be taking over the mayoral duties.
In other council moves, Councilman Brian Essinger rescinded his letter of intent to resign from council at the end of June.
Essinger submitted his resignation in March during heated discussions by council about wages and benefits for municipal employees.
Essinger was not at Monday’s session, but submitted a letter indicating he will remain on council.
“This decision (to stay) came after much prayer, family discussions and encouragement from many community members and guideposts,” Essinger’s letter said.
He added that his earlier decision to step down “was made rashly and in a moment of frustration.”
Essinger said he wanted to continue his efforts to improve the Main Street/U.S. 68 pavement and to foster economic development in the village.
Councilwoman Smith expressed concern about having more “ranting and ravings” involving Essinger during council meetings.
“We need to air the issues with robust debate, but you can’t get personal,” Village Solicitor Dan Rasmussen said.
“The mayor is the one who runs the meeting,” Rasmussen added.
Separately, council may have to shut down the swimming pool on some dates next month if not enough certified lifeguards can staff the pool.
According to Hancock Public Health, four lifeguards must be on duty at the pool, but Arlington has only been able to have three lifeguards at times this season.
Councilman Tom Blunk said the village has 12 to 14 lifeguards on staff, but band camps, other school activities and family vacations have meant fewer available lifeguards at times.
In summers past, 16 to 17 lifeguards have been on the Arlington pool staff.
Council will speak with the health department to see if the pool can somehow remain open with three lifeguards on duty.
Arlington has reached out to Mount Blanchard to borrow some of that village’s lifeguards at times.
Separately, plans are being assembled for this August’s Arlington Village Festival.
One of the units in the parade will feature veterans, and those veterans interested in joining can contact committee representatives.
In other business, council:
- Will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at the municipal building due to the Independence Day holiday.
- Is considering buying equipment to read water meters by computer.
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