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Traer gas vote still too close to call

Canvas Tuesday should give definitive result

November 10, 2017
Ross Bercik - Managing Editor , Traer Star-Clipper

After a long campaign season that has included numerous town halls, voters in Traer will have to wait another week before the result of the much-debated municipal gas utility vote can be made official.

Unofficial results Tuesday night showed the YES vote ahead by the slimmest of margins - 51 percent (267 voters) cast their ballots with a YES vote, and 49 percent (260 voters) said NO. There are still some votes outstanding and these could impact the result - five provisional ballots were cast and up to four absentee ballots had yet to arrive at the Tama County Auditor's office as of press time.

Alliant Energy will be hoping those outstanding votes are in the NO column after the canvas is completed on Tuesday, November 14 at 8 a.m.

"The race in Traer is too close to call. With a seven-vote margin and with nine potential votes still outstanding we will let the process play out," Alliant Energy's Mike Wagner said. "We look forward to the final results next Tuesday when the provisional and outstanding absentee ballots are counted."

If the YES vote stands, the city can move ahead with its plans to form a municipal gas utility. The next steps would involve determining pricing for purchase of the system, meters, etc.

Also on Tuesday's ballot was a contested race for city council. Laurie Schafer topped the four-way race with 43 percent of the vote (216 votes). E. Carol Detje (21 percent - 107 votes), Eric McEwen (20 percent - 100 voter), and Jim Dinsdale (17 percent - 85 votes) were the other challengers in the race.

Mayor Pete Holden, as well as council members Josh Youel and Steve Foster, ran unopposed this year.

 
 

 

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