Photo by Diane Cox
Wood River City Clerk Jan Sneed swears in newly appointed council member Tom Stalcup during the May 18, 2015, council meeting.
WOOD RIVER — Tom Stalcup had so much fun he’s doing it again.
Stalcup, who was appointed last May to fill a vacant seat on Wood River’s City Council, said Thursday he intends to run for re-election to the council in the April 4 election. Stalcup 62, said he intends to run for one of the two four-year seats, rather than his two-year seat that’s also up for grabs.
“It’s a great council. I love working with the people that are on the council, and the Mayor (Frank Akers). I wish he was running again. We’ve done a lot of things to position Wood River to better itself with the infrastructure, and just the citizens themselves. So, I’d like to continue that,” Stalcup, 62, said.
Stalcup came to the council after serving four years on the city’s volunteer Planning Commission. Outside of government work, Stalcup is the regional sales manager of Prairie Farms Dairy’s ice cream division and has been a resident of Wood River for more than 20 years.
Stalcup remains a member of the Planning Commission and said his immediate focus is on the commission’s task of updating the zoning laws, a process that’s ongoing. Stalcup was also one of the council members, along with councilwoman Sharon Kadell, who voted recently to increase water and sewer rates in the city, a move he said he hopes will bring positive changes for the city’s infrastructure moving forward.
“We really thought that at that time there might be a lot of pushback from the citizens of the city, but they all understand as you drive through the city that the many sinkholes that we’ve found … (the system) needs to be upgraded terribly,” Stalcup said. “I’d love to see that through, to make sure that the sewer systems are all good and that the water department keeps up its good work that it’s been doing throughout the years.”
Along with his two-year seat, the seats of councilwoman Cheryl Maguire and councilman Scott Miner are also up in April. Miner has already announced his intention of forgoing another term on the council to run for mayor. Akers, who was approved by his fellow council members in April 2015 to serve as mayor after the sudden death of then-Mayor Fred Ufert, has said he won’t pursue election to any public office next spring.
As for Stalcup, he said he hopes his actions as a member of the council will lead Wood River voters to give him another four years to make a difference.
“I hope I’ve made a positive impact,” Stalcup said. “I get along really well with the other council members. I’ve got close ties to the community. I’m easy to talk to. The citizens of Wood River I think know me enough that they know if they have an issue or they need some help, I’ll be the guy that helps them along with whatever it is to get it done.”