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Houghton council member steps down

Wednesday night marked the final Houghton City Council meeting for Dan Salo. Chief of Police John Donnelly, City Manager Eric Waara, and several other members paid tribute to him throughout the session. Mike Needham used part of his closing remarks to address Salo.

I saw your wife sitting there when I came in and I was like, “What is going on? Did he get in trouble?”

The lighthearted tone was consistent throughout. When Robert Megowan reminded the body that it had been a while since Houghton and Hancock councils held a joint meeting, COVID was brought up. A joke was made that they could have it outside. Salo was happy to point out that winter was nearly here.

Megowan: Maybe we could meet outside someplace. *Laughter* Salo: Boy, I’m glad I’m leaving!

The council has 30 days to find Salo’s replacement and Joan Suits said that would be more difficult next month than most.

It sounds like we have one meeting until the vacancy has to be filled. So, could potentially anybody applying for the job be willing to show up and say a few words at the next council meeting?

The person chosen would serve until November 2022. Voters in next fall’s election will select someone for a full term.

An email from the City of Houghton details the requirements to become a council member:

“The City of Houghton has an open council position available.
This seat fills an unexpired term that will expire on November 8, 2022.

Qualifications as stated in City Charter:
Section 2.3. Membership Qualifications. Any qualified voter of the city 18 years of age, or older, and a continuous resident of the City for 12 months immediately preceding the date of election, and not in default thereto shall be eligible to hold the office of Councilman.

Qualified, interested persons can apply by completing an application and submitting it to the city clerk by Friday, November 12, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. by mail: P.O. Box 606, Houghton, MI 49931, delivering it to the city office: 616 Shelden Avenue, Houghton, or by e-mail to: ann.vollrath@cityofhoughton.com. Applications are available on our website cityofhoughton.com and at the city office.

Submitted applications will be provided to the council for review, and the council will be asked to appoint one of the applicants at their meeting scheduled on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Applicants should attend the November 17th council meeting to answer any questions council members may have.”

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