By Madge Wylie
The cities in Idaho will be voting for mayors and council people on Oct. 5, 2013. Melba will be doing the same. For the first time in a long while there will be a contest for the council seats.
Martin Luttrell has agreed to run for the mayor seat snatched from him at the election two years ago. When Doug Sturgis, vacated the seat and moved away last summer the job was ably filled by Council President, Chris Hinderliter, who then vacated his council seat. The Council then appointed high school teacher, Ron Johnshoy to fill that position.
Now there are two council seats up for re-election and three names have been put in for consideration.
Newcomer, Johnshoy has submitted his name. He has lived in Melba for about 12 years and is anxious to participate in the government of Melba. He said he likes living here and wants to be part of what’s going on. He is on the staff of the Melba School District teaching phys-ed at both the junior high and high school level. He has coached wrestling in both junior hi and high school and has built the program to a distinguished level sending boys to district and state contests with good results.
He is married to Geni and is the father of Ann Marie, married and living Seattle; Kyle, a student and wrestler at Western State College in Colorado and Jared, a freshman at BSU. He has been an acting councilman since August.
Chris Hinderliter has been on the Council for the last six years. He filled a seat for two years and then was elected for a term. He said he appreciates the opportunity to do things that will be visible. He feels that at this time he and the other members of the council are like-minded in their vision of the future of Melba. A major issue besides beautification is to upgrade the water storage system. In the case of a major fire, the system is inadequate, according to the DEQ.
His hope in attracting people to Melba is to improve the Parks and Recreation situation. He has been co-chair with Cory Dickard on a project to organize a Melba Rec Center under the 501c3 plan to raise money through grants, etc. and not taking money from the taxpayers. They feel it is crucial to have a place for the youth in the community to go.
He has worked with the S.W. Rural Conservation & Development on Economic improvement.
He came to Melba to fill the position of pastor of the Friends Church and immediately became active in the school and community. He helped organize That Thing on Friday Nights at the school and was Chairman of Melba’s Centennial celebration in 2012.
He is married to Jessica and is the father of twins, Ethan and Hannah.
Hal Forsgren has been on the city council and served 16 years as mayor. He feels he can serve well with his knowledge of the operation of the city and the changes it has made since he came here in 1973.
He has been a member of the fire department and was an e.m.t. for twelve years.
He was appointed to mayor when Ron Wright vacated the office in 1982, served two years and then was elected for a term. He has served a total of 28 years.
He helped put the roads in as they are now. They had not been paved for 40 years. He went to the Reclamation to get an easement to allow the Senior Center to be built on city park ground and he went with Roy Hoagland and Alton Steen to the Dept. of Commerce to insure a grant for the senior building. He started the Planning & Zoning committee while mayor. And finally, worked with the school to get the Memorial made after the plane crash took the lives of three Melba kids and John Elway had donated $1,000 and paid for trucks to haul books from the Denver to the Melba city library at that time.