BELFIELD, N.D. — Accused of disregarding City Council recommendations and pushing businesses out of town, Belfield Mayor Ken Solberg resigned.

Solberg announced his resignation Tuesday, Oct. 8, prior to a Belfield City Council meeting that would have addressed a recall petition launched by local businessman Dana Gross.

The petition, completed in September, was signed by 66 residents and sent to the North Dakota Secretary of State's office.

Residents asked that Solberg be recalled for "disregarding city council recommendations and votes, and taking matters into his own hands by addressing city business and citizens with his own personal agenda."

The petition was approved by the state and filed with the city auditor on Oct. 3.

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In his resignation letter, Solberg wrote: "I can no longer align myself with the philosophy of certain residents and council members, and turn a blind eye to my sworn oath to uphold the Constitution, the U.S. Federal Code, the North Dakota Century Code, and the codes of the City of Belfield."

Solberg, who was elected in June 2018, thanked those citizens who had supported him.

"I hope for the best for the city of Belfield moving forward," he wrote.

The resignation was approved by the commission, with council member Marriann Mross voting against.