James Singer and Douglas Cline, who have a combined 52 years of service on Centerville City Council, will not seek re-election in November.
They announced their decisions to vacate two of council’s six seats during Monday night’s meeting.
Singer, who was appointed in 1977 to fill an opening, has been elected to eight four-year terms since 1981. He has headed council’s finance committee for several years. “I can’t believe it’s been nearly 40 years, but I’m just sort of running out of gas. It’s a great opportunity for someone new,” he said.
Cline, a senior vice-president for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney whose 16 years have included eight as deputy mayor, hopes to spend more time with his wife and five children. “I hope this will create an opportunity for someone from our community to step forward,” he said.
Two Centerville residents have requested petitions to run for city council: John Palcher and Joanne Rau.
Palcher and Rau have both served on the city’s Planning Commission.
David Owens of the elections board said candidates have until Aug. 7 to file petitions for that Nov. 5 race.
Council approved another election-related measure Monday, voting to notify the Board of Elections to remove a referendum issue from the November ballot that would have given city voters the option of overturning the rezoning of more than 65 acres between Social Row, Sheehan and Paragon roads.
The issue qualified for the November ballot based on a citizen-led petition drive, but became moot when council rezoned the property on May 20.
No organized citizen opposition to that measure has surfaced. Developer Walt Minch is expected to unveil plans for the property this year.