West U City Councilman Dick Yehle has officially filed for the May 11 general election.
Yehle is running for re-election to the city council.
“The goal for me and for the council is to continue the steady course that we’ve been following,” he said. “I think it’s quite remarkable that we’ve been able to maintain the tax rate during difficult times.”
Yehle said there is nothing “grand on the horizon” for city council, except for resolving the city’s drainage issues and watching the budget.
West U residents will elect a mayor and council on May 11. They will also vote on proposed amendments to the city’s charter, including changing council’s term limits from two terms to three.
Yehle said he thinks the recommendation for three two-year terms is a “good balanced suggestion.” All of the council members told InstantNewsWestU.com that they supported the recommendation. Mayor Bob Fry said he was neutral on the proposal.
Yehle is retired from Marathon Oil Corporation where he was a commercial manager for international and exploration production. He was working a few days a week for Wood Group Mustang, formerly Alliance Wood Group Engineering, but he retired in September.
Yehle served as a member of the Zoning and Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. He also served one term as a city council member prior to his most recent term on city council.
Yehle has lived in West U with his wife Mary since 1990. They have two daughters, Carolyn and Susan, two grandsons and a granddaughter.
Yehle was born in Washington, D.C. and attended grade school in Ann Arbor, Mich. He went to high school in Midland, Mich. and graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1968. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
He currently serves as a member of the Kalamazoo College Board of Trustees.
When asked why he decided to run for city council again, Yehle said he “has a passion for it” and likes “contributing.”
The first day to file was Wednesday, Jan. 30. The last day to file is March 1 by 5 p.m. and the last day to withdraw is March 4 by 5 p.m.
Applications and accompanying documents can be picked up from City Secretary Thelma Lenz’s office in city hall, 3800 University Blvd.