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January 23, 2014

Committee assignments spark discussion

CAMANCHE — Two men have been appointed to the planning and zoning committee of Camanche, despite some reluctance from members of the city council.

The appointment of Camanche resident Chris Sheridan was a unanimous decision for the council on Tuesday, but his counterpart, former Camanche councilman Gary Kampe, did not receive the same kind of acceptance.

“I just feel with Mr. Kampe’s behavior at the candidate forum, he was the one that said he wasn’t going to pull no shenanigans and he lied to the Chamber of Commerce and the citizens of this community,” Councilman Marvin Lind said. “I’m a liaison to that committee and I don’t want to be on it if he’s going to be on it.”

Lind’s issue with appointing Kampe to the planning and zoning committee was in reference to an Oct. 25 event where Kampe publicly criticized several of the newly elected council members while they were campaigning, during the Camanche candidate forum.

Although Kampe issued an apology to the citizens of Camanche, Mayor Ken Fahlbeck also questioned his appointment to the planning and zoning committee, in part because of the Oct. 25 event, but also because of the health concerns that prevented Kampe from seeking another term on the Camanche City Council.

“If there’s a health issue that you couldn’t run for city council, why would you want to run for a board, if you still have these same issues?” asked Fahlbeck.

Kampe replied that his health issues were no longer a concern as councilman Trevor Willis pointed out that the comparisons between joining the planning and zoning committee were much different than running for council.

“The planning and zoning commission doesn’t meet on a regular basis (and) doesn’t have the decisions to make that would affect your blood pressure,” Willis said.

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