FALLS CITY – Mitch Merz says he feels honored to serve on the Falls City City Council and expects to be a voice for young families and the entire city.
Mayor Jerry Oliver appointed Merz to fill the third ward seat vacated by John Vaughn for the next 12 months.
Merz, who is general manager of Merz Farm Equipment, has served on the city’s economic development and EDGE boards. He has also volunteered for church council and FFA activities and completed the Lane Leadership Program.
Although the 33-year-old Falls City native sees his role as representing the entire city, he says he an interest in young families.
Merz: “The people that have young children in the parks and things of that sort are definitely people that I’m conversing with and so, hopefully, that sheds some light to some of that and , hopefully, continues to enlighten Falls City to continue to make it a better place for families to move, not just retirees.”
He said while he will represent the Third Ward particularly, the council has a duty to advocate for the entire city’s best interest.
Merz: “In a town the size of Falls City, I don’t think we have to fight to spend more money in the Third Ward over the Second Ward or anything like that. What’s good for the community is good for the community in a town the size of Falls City.”
His first vote on the council was to change the New Year’s meeting date to Tuesday, Jan. 2.