KENNETH CITY — Voters here have a chance to change the balance of power on the Town Council when the March election rolls around.
Three of the five seats on Kenneth City's council are up for grabs and voters have choices for each of them.
In the mayor's race, Muriel Whitman is running for re-election. Her opponent is a former council member, Teresa Zemaitis, who termed out in 2007. Zemaitis briefly re-entered the political picture late last year during a contentious dispute over the council's efforts to regulate ducks and other wild fowl. Zemaitis said the proposal, which eventually passed in an altered form, was unnecessary because the town already had rules to solve any duck problems. Those rules just needed to be enforced, she said.
She added that anyone who was unhappy with the outcome of the duck dispute should "just remember that come election time."
Also on the ballot are incumbent Harold Jividin, former council member Ron Sneed and political newcomer Allen Schopp. They are running for the two open council seats. The two top vote-getters will be elected.
The election is March 10. Kenneth City has about 4,500 residents and an annual operating budget of about $2.3-million.
The town has a council-as-manager form of government, which is responsible for the everyday business of the town. Each council member oversees a town department, and the mayor acts as the chief executive. Council members are also in charge of hiring the town clerk and the police chief. Council members must attend at least one meeting a month and additional meetings and workshops as needed.
Council members earn $300 a month. The mayor is paid $500 a month. Council members serve a term of two years and the mayor serves for three years. The election is nonpartisan.