Council appoints Rohlfsen to vacant seat; hires Fettkether as Public Works Director
By Kim Edward Adams

A lot of important work was done in just 8 minutes at the Aug. 29 special council meeting.

Todd Rohlfsen was selected to take the council seat vacated by the recent resignation of Melissa Trumbauer. Trumbauer moved outside of Jesup’s city limits a few weeks ago, making her ineligible to serve any longer on the council. Her term was coming to an end in just a few months, Dec. 31 of this year, so the council decided to appoint a replacement instead of holding a special election to fill Trumbauer’s seat.

Rohlfsen has previously served on the Jesup City Council; and on the Jesup School Board. He is President of Farmers State Bank and has lived in this community for almost 40 years, raising his family here.

Rohlfsen was immediately sworn in as council member, took his seat at the table and participated in voting for the rest of the meeting.

The public has two weeks from August 29 (until Tues. Sept 12) to file a petition with the City to overturn the council’s appointment and force a special election to fill the position until the end of this year. The regular election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, with two council seats (including the one Rohlfsen was just appointed to) and the Mayor’s seat up for election.
Rohlfsen said he intends to run for election to another full term in the upcoming election.

“I was asked if I had an interest to fill the empty seat,” Rohlfsen said, “and have always had the attitude that everyone should always try to give back in one way or another to try and make the community we live in a better place.”

New Public Works Director

Michael Fettkether of Jesup was hired as the new Public Works Director, replacing Chris Even, who resigned earlier this year. Fettkether will begin work here on Sept. 13 at the latest. He will be in charge of overseeing all kinds of major projects in Jesup as he steps into the Public Works Director’s job.

The City’s new Emergency Services building is under construction; a major sewer and street project is underway on Fourth, Fifth and Purdy Streets.

Fettkether comes to the City from six years as a Building Information Modeler at Select Structural Engineering in Waterloo. A Building Information Modeler draws blue prints, builds 3-D models of the building, then develops plans for construction. His background includes work for an architectural firm, as well as with Youngblut Contracting. He “grew up” working with his father, Lawrence Fettkether at Fettkether Construction. He has an Architectural and Construction Technology degree from Hawkeye Community College. His first thought on seeing the Public Works Director’s job description was, “I can do that!”

He is very excited to be able to be working in Jesup, where he lived with his parents through eighth grade. They then moved to Arlington, where his parents still reside. He’s lived in Waterloo/Cedar Falls as well, and has been back in Jesup for about two years with his wife, Andrea, daughter Erika, 8, son Jacob, 5, and twin sons Carter and Abraham, 2.

Michael is anticipating “getting to know everyone” in the community with his new job. “I want to be involved with the City and with the community.”

Stop Sign Ordinance

The Council finished their business by giving final approval to the new stop sign ordinance for the city.

The next regular council meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall.
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