Brian Schmidt officially sworn into Fairbury City Council, three other members officially reelected

Brian Schmidt officially sworn into Fairbury City Council, three other members officially reelected
Fairbury city council members (from left to right), Rick Carmichael, Phillip Roigge, Timothy Polson and Brian Schmidt take the oath of office for Fairbury City Council on Tuesday night.

FAIRBURY, NE – The Fairbury City Council swore in three reelected city council members, and welcomed one new one on Tuesday.

Brian Schmidt was elected to the council in November. He replaces Brad Kuzelka, who served for 10 years. Schmidt says he’s sorry to see Kuzelka go, but he looks forward to serving the community he’s lived in for many years.

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Schmidt said. “I’m sad to see Brad go, but at the same, I was ready to step up my involvement.”

Schmidt had served on Fairbury’s Board of Public Works for the past eight years.

Tim Polson, Rick Carmichael and Phillip Rogge were the three council members reelected this November. Rogge, who’s been on the council for six years, was also named the President of the Council Tuesday night.

Polson has served three terms already, while Carmichael has served for two.

John Ebke was appointed to the Fairbury Museum Board on Tuesday, while Peter Renn was appointed to both the Fairbury Planning and Zoning Committee and the Fairbury CDBG Reuse Committee.

Other notes from Tuesday

Fairbury City Administrator Collin Biesler said the city is working on a number of improvements in Crystal Springs Park, including the removal of 170-180 ash trees. They’re working on upgrading the 30-amp RV pedestals to 50 amps, among other improvements, to “attract potential visitors to our community.”

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