The Carroll County Board of Supervisors this morning canvassed the election result from last week’s Carroll City Council and library/city hall votes. On a 5-0 vote the county certified the election as official.
The Carroll County Board of Supervisors this morning canvassed the election result from last week’s Carroll City Council and library/city hall votes. On a 5-0 vote the county certified the election as official.

August 7, 2017

It’s official.

The Carroll County Board of Supervisors this morning canvassed the results from last Tuesday’s special City Council election and library and City Hall improvement referendum.

The board voted 5-0 to certify the election after reviewing documents from all four Carroll wards and the absentee vote. No one raised objections to the canvass during the regular meeting of the supervisors at the courthouse.

Councilman LaVern Dirkx easily won election to an at-large seat representing the full city. Dirkx pulled 57 percent of the vote to 29 percent for Matthew Hodges and 13 percent for Ronald “Woody” Beyer. Write-in candidates received a little over 1 percent of the vote.

The final official total on the library/City Hall vote stands at 1,803 yes to 1,106 no.

The measure received 61.98 percent support, clearing the super-majority hurdle of 60 percent.

The successful passage of the library/City Hall referendum will allow the city to take on up to $3.8 million in debt to help finance a $6.8 million improvement project.

Dirkx was appointed in January to fill an open at-large council seat vacated by former Councilman Brandon Vonnahme, who moved outside of the city limits. Dirkx will serve the remaining two years of the term.

Among absentee ballots cast in the election, 70 percent garnered “yes” votes for the library/City Hall project, while Election Day votes in all four Carroll precincts brought in more than 50 percent support for the referendum.

“It’s quite obvious what fueled the absentee ballots,” said Supervisor Neil Bock, referencing the library.

As for the library and City Hall project, City Manager Mike Pogge-Weaver said this morning that the city would be meeting with architects in the next week and hoped to have a contract for design work inked next month.