After a lengthy discussion, two motions and a tie vote that was broken with Mayor Mike Steinhardt’s vote, Kiel City Council members voted to have the south water tower painted purple with a new Kiel logo in white during the Kiel Council meeting on June 8.

Alderman Jeremy Fromm made a motion to choose option one which was to paint the water tower purple. John Korb responded with support of the color. “Purple goes with the school district colors. It solidifies the school and the community together and showcases Kiel.” Fromm replied, “With a city our size, schools are the heart of the community. It would show we care about the School District.”

John Brocker said he felt the money could better used on some other project and William Krueger said he was concerned about the additional cost. City Administrator Jamie Aulik mentioned that he thought it would be about the same cost even if the water tower was painted white. Fromm made a comment that he has seen many light colored water towers and if you look closely, you would see how dirty they are from the dirt and mud that get kicked up. He felt a darker color would hide the dirt. John Korb replied, “This will add to the city of Kiel and the skyline we have going on. This is an investment in our city and will add to the aesthetics. We can use this to show pride in Kiel and the School District. This could show the city and School District are all one community that supports each other.

A roll call vote was called and the vote ended up in a tie. The mayor commented, “When this was first discussed, I thought what difference does it make what color the water tower would be. We take a lot of pride in our School District, more than ever. With that in mind, I vote yes.”

Discussion then moved to the logo and it was determined that one of the council members who had voted no would need to make a motion to reconsider the option one vote, which was just to paint the water tower purple, and make a new motion to go with option three which is purple with a new Kiel logo in white. Council Member Schuette made a motion to reconsider and Fromm seconded the motion. A new roll call vote was taken and the vote was 4-2.

(For more City Council news, please see the June 17 issue of the Tri-County News.)

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