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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:10

Ald. Doug Biggs was elected president of the Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday.

But even this decision, a seemingly simple one, became controversial.

Biggs, who has been an alderman for five years, was elected on a 5-2 vote, with new aldermen John Sigwart and Mike Gasper dissenting.

He was nominated for the post by Ald. Dave Larson, and Ald. Mike Ehrlich seconded the motion.

But newly elected Ald. John Sigwart nominated Ehrlich for the post. However, before a second could be recorded, City Attorney Eric Eberhardt said aldermen were to vote on the initial nomination first.

At the end of the meeting, that procedure was called into question by resident Kenny Mitchell, 622 W. Pierre La.

Mitchell said that Robert’s Rules of Order, which the council follows, calls for all nominations to be accepted and considered.

Eberhardt agreed to look into the matter before the next council meeting.