Columbia Council Chairman Merke won't run again

January 19, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The chairman of the Columbia Council will retire from the Columbia Association's governing body at the end of the current session in April.

Joseph Merke, who represents Town Center on the 10-member panel, said he will not be a candidate in village elections April 15. He has served a total of eight years on the council.

"I've had enough," Merke, former vice chairman of the Town Center village board, said yesterday. "It's a lot of work and a lot of time. That's mainly it."

Merke said he didn't want to commit to another two years. Town Center changed its council term from one year to two in 1998.

"All of a sudden, the two-year term becomes magnified," he said.

Merke said he told the council and the village board of his decision last week.

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