Newcastle City Council roundup — May 6

May 7, 2014

NEW — 4:05 p.m. May 7, 2014

The Newcastle City Council held its first meeting of the month May 6. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here.

Marijuana moratorium coming?

The Newcastle City Council directed city staff to prepare an ordinance placing a moratorium on marijuana-related business in the city. It represents one of the body’s first significant actions on the subject since the drug’s legalization.

Councilman Gordon Bisset made the motion, which passed 4-3. Read more

Get to know the Newcastle City Council candidates

October 4, 2013

Newcastle residents will see three City Council positions up for election on their Nov. 5 ballot, but only one race is contested.

Council candidates John Drescher and Mark Greene answered questions about numerous issues facing Newcastle in the years ahead. (Answers had to be 25 words or less.)

John Drescher Read more

Meet City Council candidates Oct. 8

September 23, 2013

NEW — 12:55 p.m. Sept. 23, 2013

Newcastle residents will have the opportunity to interact with current and future City Councilmembers at an informal meet-and-greet Oct. 8.

John Drescher and Mark Greene will compete to fill the seat that will be vacated by retiring City Councilman Bill Erxleben. Incumbents John Dulcich and Rich Crispo will both run unopposed to retain their positions. All are expected to be in attendance at the October event.

There is no formal program for the no-host event held at The Golf Club at Newcastle’s Wooly Toad Lounge. The event goes from 5:30-8 p.m.

RSVP to John Jensen at so The Golf Club at Newcastle can have a rough head count. Learn more about the city’s only contested race here.

Election will bring change to City Council makeup

May 2, 2013

The Newcastle City Council will have at least one new face in 2014.

Councilman Bill Erxleben announced that he will not file for re-election this spring, guaranteeing that there will be one open seat during November’s election. Two other sitting council members could be challenged as well.

“I believe that two terms is enough for any council member,” Erxleben wrote in a letter to the editor.

Erxleben was first appointed to the Newcastle City Council in 2002. He was elected to the council in 2003. After a few years away from local government, he was elected to the council again in 2009.

In addition to Erxleben, Mayor Rich Crispo and Councilman John Dulcich will see their current terms expire at the end of 2013. Both Crispo and Dulcich have announced plans to file for re-election. Read more

John Drescher announces candidacy for City Council

April 23, 2013

NEW — 11:20 a.m. April 23, 2013

Newcastle resident John Drescher announced that he will run for a City Council position in the upcoming election.

Drescher was appointed to the Newcastle Planning Commission in 2010 and currently serves as the advisory board’s chairman.

“At the urging of friends and family, and because I care deeply about helping to make Newcastle a great place to live and raise a family, I have decided to run for the Newcastle City Council this year,” he said in a statement.

Drescher will file for position No. 6 on the council, which is currently occupied by Councilman Bill Erxleben. In the April Newcastle News, Erxleben announced that he will not file for re-election.

Election Day is Nov. 5. The deadline for candidates to file for election is May 17.

Learn more about the upcoming election in the May edition of the Newcastle News.