Mayor, newcomer elected in Belding

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 2:44 pm on Monday, November 14, 2011

BELDING — An incumbent and a newcomer were elected to the Belding City Council on Tuesday.
Incumbent Mayor Roger Wills received 209 votes while newcomer Joe Feuerstein received 149 votes to be elected to the council for the first time.
Councilman Jon Bunce, who is completing his first term, was voted off the council, finishing fourth with 129 votes. Carl Jonas finished third with 144 votes.
Wills, 65, has been on the council for 10 years. He is retired from teaching 42 years with Belding Area Schools.
“I’m pleased and honored, it’s an awesome responsibility,” Wills said. “I want to finish these things we’ve got moving forward and have a positive resolution on the Electrolux (clock tower) situation.”
Newcomer Feuerstein, 71, who is retired after having worked at Electrolux in Greenville, said he’s happy to be elected, but insisted that he will serve only one term on the council.
“I’m a one-term candidate,” he said.” I won’t be running for re-election again.”
Feuerstein said he’s excited to have an impact on how money is spent around the city, with a focus on downtown Belding.
“Mainly, I want to find out where all the money is going so people can realize where it’s coming from and where it’s going,” he said. “Everything is being spent on the downtown district. It should be going back into the whole city. Our streets, for example, are horrible.”
Bunce could not be reached for comment.

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