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Rugby’s first female mayor begins term

By Staff | Jul 2, 2018

Bryce Berginski/PCT Outgoing Mayor Arland Geiszler (left) administers the oath of office to incoming Mayor Susan Steinke Tuesday.

Infrastructure is a priority to Rugby’s first ever female mayor, whose term officially began Tuesday evening.

Susan Steinke, who won a competitive mayoral race with 246 votes and has also served for the past two years as the first elected woman on the Rugby City Council, said Tuesday that in the future some large projects like the Highway 3 underpass, raw water main repairs, improvements at the water treatment plant and repairs to the roof and interior beams at the swimming pool will be big issues for the city.

Steinke said that with All Seasons Water Users District purchasing 30 percent of water going through the city’s water treatment plant, the facility is a regional plant and it makes having repairs done to the raw water line critical.

“We should not be without a second option for bringing in raw water to our plant for our city residents,” Steinke said, “but also those rural users in North Central North Dakota who depend on our water plant.

Steinke said the swimming pool’s roof is in “terrible” shape, and the pool directly relates to the city’s tax base.

Bryce Berginski/PCT Mayor Susan Steinke (left) administers the oath of office to Park Board members Roger Sitter (center) and Rick Srur.

“If young families such as the young couple I sold my house to can’t get swimming lessons in Rugby and would need to drive to neighboring communities for those swimming lessons,” Steinke said, “then it is likely that they’ll look at those communities to move to first and that diminishes the possibilities for Rugby.”

Steinke said her time on the city council benefitted into whether or not she wanted to run, which included serving on multiple committees.

“City government is not just as simple as reconciling your checkbook–there are a lot of rules, a lot of financial aspects to it, the zoning, working with All Seasons Water Users,” said Steinke.

Steinke said she is honored to be elected Rugby’s first female mayor.

“I look forward to working with each and every citizen of Rugby, and my door is always open,” Steinke said. “And I would encourage people to get involved in city government.”

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