The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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January 23, 2014

Committee assignments spark discussion

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He also added that the city has had difficulty gaining volunteers for the vacant positions on the planning and zoning committee and that the council should not pass up a qualified candidate like Kampe because of his former actions.

“We have a volunteer who has the city experience who wants to do it, why would we not allow that?” Willis asked. “Just because he did something that angered you at the candidate forum, has no bearing on his ability to fill this position.”

Councilman Bill Wruck also felt that Kampe’s actions at the candidate forum should prevent him from obtaining the planning and zoning position, because of the “embarrassment to the taxpayers and people of (the) community.”

Although there was reluctance from members of the council, Kampe was appointed to the planning and zoning committee on a 3-2 vote to which he responded if the council had someone else to fill the position, he would respectfully resign.

“If the people of this town and the people of that committee don’t want me on there, I don’t want to be on there if they’ve got somebody else who can stand and take it,” Kampe said. “I took it because it was offered to me because there was a vacancy. If you’ve got anyone else, just give me a call.”

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