Council sworn in, new member takes seat

35_council_1583SWEARING IN  — Agnes Fowler, far right, swears in the officers from the left, Wayne Anderson, Ron Widhalm, Sandy Syvertson and Mayor Wendy Judisch at the City Council meeting held on Monday evening.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Council members and the mayor were given the oath of office on Monday evening. Wayne Anderson was sworn in and will officially be seated on the council in January.

Anderson takes over for Wally McHenry who chose not to run for re-election. Mayor Wendy Judisch and aldermen Sandy Syvertson and  Rod Widhalm were others to be administered the oath of office. The naming of a council president was delayed until the January meeting so that Anderson could be a part of the process.

In other business, building permits for 101 S. Maryland and 7th Ave. SW were announced.

Council members accepted Finance Officer Agnes Fowler’s monthly report. Aldermen approved R-12-1067 which is for a conditional use permit for Alicia Woods. She plans to open a fitness center at 323 4th Ave. SW. Formerly, where the Stitching Station was located.

Council members gave approval to the mayor to sign a buy-sell agreement for the building next to city hall. Plans are moving forward on a remodeling project for city hall.

The cost of the building project will be split between four funding entities; water and sewer; trash; and the general fund.

An adjustment in the BETA contract in regards to the sludge removal process in the amount of $5,297.50 was approved.

Resolution - 1068 was passed. This deals with reimbursement for a sludge costs loan. The city first has to spend the money for the project and then it may be reimbursed for a portion of the loan through state funding. The resolution passed on a 4-0 vote.

Appointments were made to boards, committees and commissions and approved by council members.

Following are the members on city boards. The library members are Janet Spears Chairman, Greg Jensen Vice Chairman, Monica Taylor, Jim Finlayson, Erin Brenteson and Mayor Judisch.

The Interlocal board representatives are Judisch, and councilmen Syvertson and Widhalm.

The Park and Rec board consists of Cody Dugan Commissioner,  Roger Paulsen Chairman, Syvertson, Dawn King, Del Styren, Kevin Kovatch, Ken Larson, Phil King, Jamey Byrnes and Krista Keiper.

The CDBG Loan Committee is made up of Syvertson, Mark Gage, Fowler, Karla Breding, Vanessa Bucklin and Judisch.

The Industrial Park Committee includes Judisch, Rich Anderson, Cheryl Curry, John Shevlin, Widhalm and Everett Breding.

The Blue Sky Villa Lease Review Committee is made up of Judisch, Syvertson, Gary Dent and Anderson.

The NMJDD representative is Eugene Underdahl. The Port Authority representative is K. Breding.

The Police Commission includes Colin Veitch, Jean Duncan and Ron Bassham.

The Zoning Commission/Board of Adjustment includes Widhalm, Anderson, Wally Larson, Louise Christiaens, Joe Irvin and Brad Berthelson.

The Safety board includes Widhalm, R. Anderson and W. Anderson.

The Accident committee is made up of Syvertson, K. Breding, R. Anderson, John Calahan, and Dent.

The Budget committee includes council members Anderson, Syvertson, Breding and Widhalm.

The Urban supervisor is Brian Fladstol.

The City Planning board consists of Chris Berg, K. Breding, Rick Moss, Dent, Judy Ellis, Laurie Eisenzimer and Barb Shephard.

The next regular meeting of the council will be next year, 2012, on Jan. 2, 7:30 p.m. in city hall at 411-1/2 S. Main Street.

The public is always welcome to attend and see their government at work.