Lee Town Council Swears In Two New Council Members

There were several changes to the Lee Town Council at the first regular meeting of 2015 held Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. Two council members were switched out, a new Council President was voted for and a new Deputy Clerk was hired.

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jessie R. Box, January 6, 2015 Mayor Eddie Bell (left) swears in Donna Muller (right) as the new councilwoman for Group 4 at the Lee Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jessie R. Box, January 6, 2015
Mayor Eddie Bell (left) swears in Donna Muller (right) as the new councilwoman for Group 4 at the Lee Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Group 4 Councilman, Doug McNicol relinquished his seat to Donna Muller at the meeting. McNicol is planning to move out of Lee and cannot hold office if he is not a resident of Lee.

Muller ran for his seat in the November elections unopposed. Muller was previously a council member of the Lee Town Council and took four years off before deciding to run again. “I decided Lee needs some help,” said Muller when asked what her reasons were for running again.

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jessie R. Box, January 6, 2015 Mayor Eddie Bell (right) swears in Dianne Beck (left) as the new councilwoman for Group 5 at the Lee Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 6

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jessie R. Box, January 6, 2015
Mayor Eddie Bell (right) swears in Dianne Beck (left) as the new councilwoman for Group 5 at the Lee Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 6

Group 5 Councilwoman, Lesley Bontrager also relinquished her seat at the meeting. Bontrager is moving out of Lee but it is after election time, so the council appointed Dianne Beck to complete the remainder of Bontrager’s term.

Beck is looking forward to working with the council and “to help any way I can with the town to keep things moving and solve any issue that would impact the town for the resident’s best interest.”

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jessie R. Box, January 6, 2015 JoAnn Kuhl is training to take over the Deputy Clerk position when Deputy Clerk  Janice Miller retires at the end of February.

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jessie R. Box, January 6, 2015
JoAnn Kuhl is training to take over the Deputy Clerk position when Deputy Clerk
Janice Miller retires at the end of February.

The next change on the council was electing a new Council President as the current President McNicol was vacating. The council voted Shirley Yeager as the new President.

Deputy Clerk Janice Miller has been at Lee City Hall for 12 years but is retiring at the end of February. The town council has hired JoAnn Kuhl and she will begin training with Miller for the Deputy Clerk position on Monday, Jan. 12. Kuhl is excited to begin training but believes taking over Miller’s position “is going to be big shoes to fill.”

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