By Maxine Wheelan
Cochell ready to get back to work
Nicoma Park residents went to the polls to choose between former mayor Mark Cochell and current mayor Brian Foughty in a Feb. 9 municipal election.
Cochell was elected to return as mayor by a vote of 181 to 85.
Ward 1 incumbent Breck Swigart defended his seat from challenger Don Wallace, 40-23.
Ward 3 councilman Bobby Kolar went unopposed, while Ward 5 councilman and vice mayor Mike Czerczyk also went without drawing a challenger.
The current terms for mayor and odd numbered city wards expire May 1, while even numbered wards are elected in even years.
Officials say the goals for the next year will be to upgrade the Nicoma Park Municipal Park on Hiawassee as well as continuing efforts to improve the city’s water and sewer system.
The City of Nicoma Park has a seven-member City Council.
Regularly scheduled meetings are open to the public and hosted the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 2221 Nichols Drive.