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Posted on: November 30, 2023

City Council set to name new president during upcoming meeting


The Columbus City Council will have a new president come Monday night.

The Council is expected to elect one of its own to take on the role of council president during its 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2023, meeting in its Chamber on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St.

Either Charlie Bahr, Katherine Lopez, J. Prent Roth, Ron Schilling, Hope Freshour, Troy Hiemer or Rich Jablonski will take on the role of council president after Beth Augustine-Schulte resigned from her position as a First Ward city council member earlier in November. Augustine-Schulte, who was also the acting council president, said she had to resign as she was moving into a new home outside of the district she represents. You can learn more about that by reading the full story clicking here. The mayor is still seeking applicants from residents who want to be considered to fill the open First Ward council seat. You can learn more about that by clicking here.

Only the remaining seven council members will be voting on who takes over as council president. Mayor Jim Bulkley does not vote on it.

During the meeting, council members are also expected to be appointed to different committees. Freshour, Hiemer and Jablonski are set to be appointed to the Public Finance, Judiciary and Personnel Committee, while Bahr, Lopez, Roth and Schilling are planned to be appointed to the Public Property, Safety and Works Committee.

Council will hear an update on the Nebraska Department of Transportation's 23rd Street reconstruction project and consider an application from Barrel House, 1365 24th Ave., for a Class K catering license to "deliver, sell or dispense alcoholic liquors, including beer, for consumption at a location designated on a special designated license in conjunction with their Retail C Liquor License."

Additionally, the City Council will hear Mayor Bulkley's conditional appointments of two new Columbus Police officers subject to completion of all tests and training: Raymond Fuller and Jared Meisinger. Both would be taking on budgeted positions.

To see the full agenda, click here.

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