By Lauris Olson
(Nov. 8, 2011 - 9:10 p.m.) Ames residents settled the $18 million dollar bond question for library renovations with a solid “yes,” with 76 percent of the voters approving the bond. Voters of the 4th Ward, however, will need to return to the polls on Dec. 6 to chose between the top two vote-getters, Chuck Jons and Victoria Szopinski.
Jons received 381 votes. Szopinski received just five fewer at 376. The third candidate, Frank Jeffrey received 138 votes.
Turnout citywide for the 2011 Ames City Council election and the $18 million dollar library renovation bond was at 11 percent. It was slightly higher in the 4th Ward where the three first-time office seekers were vying for the seat being vacated by Riad Mahayni.
Just under 12 percent of the 7, 165 registered voters in the 4th Ward had voted by 7 p.m.
In the 2nd Ward, unopposed incumbent Jami Larson received 1,812 votes.
Incumbent Matthew Goodman ran opposed for his at-large council seat, receiving 4,067 votes.
Three trustees at Mary Greeley Medical Center also ran unopposed. Sarah Buck, Bradley Heemstra and Kenneth McCuskey will continue to serve on the hospital’s board of trustees.
Final vote tallies for the library bond will were 3,690 votes for and 1,235 votes against. The referendum required 60 percent approval.