Matthew Bugera, 52, owner of The New York Restaurant in Harbor Springs, earned his first term on city council.
"I'm just happy that I have the confidence of the people who live in Harbor Springs and hope I can do a good job for my constituents and the city," he said.
Harbor's council also gained Pringle Pfeifer, who has previously served on city council for 10 years, and has spent several more on the planning commission.
"I just want to thank everybody who supported me. I really appreciate it ... It's just good to be back at the table and working at the things Harbor Springs is working on," she said. "I want to thank Cece Johnston and Alan Hegedus for all of their hard work. They've done a wonderful job."
Pfeifer, 67, is retired from IBM and serves as president of the Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry.
Bugera collected most of the votes with 343, followed by Pfeifer who barely edged out Hegedus with 266 votes to Hegedus' 257, and Johnston with 223.
Johnston and Hegedus were both running as incumbents.
Mayor Alan Dika, running unopposed, was re-elected with 495 votes.The Harbor Springs pool recreation millage also passed handily with 2,590 voting in support and 1,684 voting against.
"It's a good result. I'm very happy, and I want to thank our community because now we have a way to sustain the pool," said Harbor Springs superintendent Mark Tompkins. "Everyone came through and worked very hard. I'm very happy."
Tompkins said the pool proposal took about two years to assemble, and was based on community surveys. The district worked with HARBOR, Inc. to assess community support of the pool.
"We did surveys through focus groups and phone surveys where we presented different options to the community, and the community defined which option they would prefer," said Tompkins. "They made it clear that they wanted the pool to stay open, and wanted us to come up with a way to make it work."
The 0.13 millage will cost taxpayers $13 on a $100,000 taxable value, and will be levied over six years. The millage will bring in approximately $130,000 per year, and the funds will be ear-marked for general operation of the pool. Because of the millage's success, the pool will stay open year-round.
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