Leman officially joins town council

BREMEN — Councilman Trend Weldy officially resigned his position at the town council’s meeting on Tuesday, May 28.
Michael Leman was officially sworn in as his replacement and will serve through 2016.
Three Republican precinct committee members voted 2-1 during a caucus meeting in April to select Leman, co-owner of Bremen-based Precision Painting.
Along with Leman, a Bremen native, Bremen Elementary School employee Maria Mikel and Sheila Kelty, who served as vice president of Community Hospital of Bremen from 2005 to 2009, sought the seat.
The three precinct committee members who voted were Jan Holmes and Dan Holmes, the wife and son of Marshall County Republican Party Chair David Holmes, and Jill Hassel, the wife of Bremen police Chief Matt Hassel.
The town council approved hiring Weldy, who was elected to his first term on the council in 2011, to replace Rich Martin, Bremen’s longtime director of operations.
Weldy was one of two council members who applied for the position. Heath Thornton also sought the job.
Weldy is expected to begin as director of operations sometime this month, with Martin staying until late August, helping train his replacement.
Council honors Kipfer
The town council recognized longtime city worker Larry Kipfer’s contribution to the town of Bremen with a resolution recognizing his service.
Kipfer worked for 35 years of service as Bremen Parks Dept. superintendent.”(Kipfer) has enhanced the quality of life for the residents and visitors of the town of Bremen,” Rick Graverson, town council president, said. The resolution “expresses the appreciation and gratitude of the community for his commitment to improving and maintaining the park systems.” 
In honor of Kipfer, Sunnyside Park Drive, between East Street and Alexander Street, will now be known as Larry Kipfer Drive.
The council gave Kipfer a street sign with the new designation during the council’s meeting.
“You have done a tremendous job for the park systems in Bremen,” Graverson said. “You should be very proud of the accomplishments you made down there.
“We are gonna miss you.”
Kipfer said he was grateful for the council’s support during the more than three decades he worked for the city.
“I do appreciate all of the things the council has done over the years,” he said. “I just thank all of you. It was a fun ride.”
The council voted in March to hire Brian Main to replace Kipfer as parks superintendent.
Town attorney Tony Wagner previously said the town received about 30 applications to replace Kipfer.
Pride in Bremen
It has been a practice of the town council to recognize efforts by members of the community to beautify Bremen, one property at a time. 
This honor was given to Marco Construction, 210 E. Sherman St., for the Pride in Bremen award.
No representative from the business was present to receive the award.