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Mayor Rumsey Not Seeking Re-election

Culbertson’s Town Council met for their monthly meeting Tuesday, May 23.
Mayor Abe Rumsey announced to the council that he will not be seeking re-election. Rumsey explained that he underestimated how time consuming and demanding the job is and that he must focus on his work elsewhere in order to support his family.
It was noted that the council and Rumsey are in search of applicants for mayor.
Council president Jaimee Green mentioned that Roosevelt Medical Center will have a mock disaster drill on an unspecified date in June on city property. Green said that there needs to be a mock incident commander or public information officer from the council. She noted that she would volunteer, but is unable to because she will be working with the hospital, since she is RMC’s marketing and foundation director.
Councilmember Bruce Houle gave an update on the water plant lease/sale committee meetings, sharing that they are working with Dry Redwater and Sionix Oilfield Solutions. The cost to run the plant will be redefined when the town stops producing water. An engineer will be hired, with both interested parties splitting half the bill with the Town of Culbertson.
Representatives from Culbertson’s airport were in attendance and asking for a nomination of a town representative to be on the airport board. Green volunteered, with councilmember Mark Nelson formally nominating her and Rumsey appointing her to the airport board.
Lindsey McNabb, DES coordinator for Roosevelt County, was at the meeting for the agenda item listed as Roosevelt County Pre-Disaser Mitigation plan. The council approved the PDM plan.
With the fiscal year ending on June 30, the council approved the following agenda items:
•Resolution 451 - adopting a policy for an event application.
•Resolution 453 - amending the 16-17 FY budget.
•Audit contract - Sidney Tax Service, FY 16-17.
The next council meeting is slated for Monday, June 5.