Warner new member of BE Council
The city of Blue Earth has a new member of the City Council as of last Monday night.
Daniel Warner was selected by the council to serve out one year of the remaining term of councilman John Gartzke, who passed away recently.
The decision to appoint Warner to the seat came at the beginning of last Monday’s meeting, after the council had interviewed three candidates during the work session just before the meeting.
The other two applicants for the position were Gregory Scheid and Wendy Cole.
Warner was chosen at the very start of the regular meeting, immediately after the work session concluded, and was immediately sworn in as a councilman and took his chair at the table.
The vote to appoint Warner to the seat was not a unanimous decision and was a split 3-2 vote. Councilmen John Huisman and Russ Erichsrud voted no, while councilmen Dan Brod and Glenn Gaylord and Mayor Rick Scholtes all voted yes.
During the half hour work session, the council interviewed each of the three applicants individually, with the other two not in the room. Each candidate was asked the same set of questions by the council and was also given the chance to talk about themselves.
Warner is a lifelong resident of the Blue Earth area and has lived in the city limits for the past 11 years. He and his wife, Kim, have two children.
He has operated a DJ/sound business for 20 years and also works as an electrician.
Five years ago, when there was also a vacancy on the City Council, Warner had applied to fill the open spot, but someone else was selected.
Warner will serve on the council until January of 2017. However, he will have a chance to run for election for the seat this coming November, if he wishes, as can any other resident of the city.
In other business at the very brief first meeting of the new year last Monday, the council:
Voted to allow the Public Works Department to purchase a wing/belly blade plow at a cost of $17,000, even though it was not part of the original 2016 budget.
Heard a report from city engineer Wes Brown about the progress on developing plans for the Main Street project slated for this summer.
Brown had an update on the plans for the Fifth and Main street intersection by the post office.
Although he said the slope of the area is a challenge to make the sidewalks ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant, it will be able to be done.
He also reported that access to the drop off mailboxes on the north side of the post office on Fifth Street, will also be able to be maintained, even with a bumpout being installed at the corner.
Appointed the Faribault County Register as the official newspaper of publication, First Bank Blue Earth as the official depository and Eide Bailly as the auditor.
However, council appointments to various committees was postponed until the next meeting.
Mayor Scholtes officially proclaimed January as National Mentors Month in Blue Earth.