Ronald Troyer resigns from City Council seat
A bad back has forced Ronald Troyer to give up his District 3 seat on the Hudson City Council.
The council approved the resignation at its Feb. 18 meeting after Mayor Jack Breault read a letter from Troyer explaining why he was stepping down.
"All of you are aware that I have been dealing with a painful back injury, which has prevented me from working full time," Troyer said in the letter dated Feb. 13. "I find myself now being unable to perform the required duties of alderperson. I was very hopeful until this week that medical treatment would enable me to continue. I realize now that is not possible."
Troyer told the Star-Observer that he suffered a workplace injury six months ago.
"I've worked real hard at the rehabilitation part of it, and it's just not responding," he said. "But I go to therapy and we're going to keep working on it."
After accepting Troyer's resignation, the council decided not to appoint someone to finish his two-year term, which will expire in April.
Council members indicated that they would prefer to let the residents of District 3 fill the position by voting for a write-in candidate in the April 6 election.
Troyer's name will appear on the ballot because he had already filed nomination papers for election to another term before deciding to step down. No other candidates stepped forward at the time, so he will be the only one listed for the 3rd District. City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick said it wasn't possible to remove his name from the ballot.
The council is hoping that the open seat will attract write-in candidates, and that one of the candidates will garner the most votes.
Paul Radermacher, who ran and against Troyer and lost by a 115-74 margin in the 2002 election, has already announced as a write-in candidate for the council seat. He also has Troyer's endorsement for the job.
If Troyer were to receive the most votes and decline to serve, the City Council would appoint someone to replace him until the April 2005 election.
Troyer first came to the City Council in April 1994 when he was appointed to serve District 5. He was re-elected to the District 5 seat three times and served the district until October 2000, when he and his wife moved to the Stonepine neighborhood in District 3. He was elected to represent District 3 in April 2002.
Troyer told the Star-Observer that he is proud of the improvements and growth that have taken place in Hudson during his tenure on the City Council.
"City taxes have remained level with careful and conservative management of expenses," he said. "The tax base had been expanded wisely to provide income to expand city services and facilities."
He also praised Mayor Jack Breault, saying the city is fortunate to have his leadership.
City Clerk Pat Dotseth said write-in candidates for the District 3 seat should register with her office to have their names posted at voting booths on Election Day.
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