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Charlie Snyder leaving council

Tracy City Councilman Charlie Snyder is resigning from his council seat effective Oct. 31.

Mayor Tony Peterson read Snyder’s letter of resignation at the council’s Monday meeting.  Snyder announced that he and his wife, Tammy, plan to move to the Park Rapids area.  The three-term councilman will be starting a handyman business with his youngest son, Nick.

“It’s something we’ve been talking about for a long time,” Snyder said.  “We weren’t thinking it would happen this soon, but we fell in love with the area and found a place that we like.  Everything clicked into place, and when things fall into place, it is usually for a reason.”

Snyder, a 1987 Tracy Area High School graduate, has been a radiology technician at Tracy hospital since August of 2002.  He is in the midst of his third, four-year city council term.

Council members decided to seek applicants for a council appointment to serve the remaining two years of Snyder’s terms.  Applications will be taken through Nov. 19, and be considered at the Nov. 24 council meeting.

The mayor and council members thanked Snyder for his service on the council.

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Snyder says he has truly enjoyed his time on the council.

“It has really opened my eyes as to how things work.  Being on the inside looking out, instead of on the outside looking in, gives you a much better idea of all the decisions that have to be made.  I’ve really enjoyed serving on the council and hope that people feel that I’ve done a good job.”

The city’s planned wastewater treatment project, he said, has been council’s most difficult issue during his tenure.  Another was the Tracy Aquatic Center defects that had to be repaired after its initial construction.

Snyder has been a council representative on the Tracy Economic Development Authority, and been the secretary for the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum board.  Snyder has also been an EMT for the Tracy Ambulance Service.

“It’s bittersweet.  I know a lot of good people here. I’ll still have family here,” Snyder said.  “But we decided that this was a good opportunity for us.”