All ready to start the new year
Many people use the start of the new year as a time to get themselves organized, and the Blue Earth City Council was no different at its first meeting of 2017 held last Monday night.
Most of the 45-minute meeting was devoted to getting organized for the rest of the year.
First up on the agenda was swearing in the newly elected and re-elected members of the council.
Dan Warner, Glenn Gaylord and John Huisman took the oath of office as re-elected council members, Rick Scholtes as the re-elected mayor, while Wendy Cole was sworn in as a new member of the council.
Next came the appointments to various boards and committees by the mayor.
Most of the citizens and council members whose terms were up on the committees had agreed to stay on those boards.
But, one major change was new council member Wendy Cole taking over the council spot on the Blue Earth Community Library Board previously held by John Huisman.
Huisman agreed to be the council liaison to the Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce new building committee.
Other appointments included: Bill Rosenau, who agreed to continue to serve on the Economic Development Authority board; Mark Maher, who agreed to continue to serve on the Housing Redevelopment Authority board; Lois Wyborg and Sue Cassens, who agreed to continue to serve on the Senior Center board; Sue Ellingsen, who agreed to continue on the library board; and David Lein and Norm Hall, who agreed to continue on the Faribault County Fitness Center board.
In addition, councilman Dan Warner agreed to fill an open spot on the Airport Advisory Commission, and the council agreed to have former councilman Dan Brod continue on both the Street Improvement Committee and the ad hoc sports fields committee.
At previous meetings, the council had approved having Ann Hanna serve on the EDA board, taking Bill Eckles position, Bonita Zimmer to the library board and A.B. Russ to the Charter Commission.
Mayor Scholtes also reappointed councilman Gaylord as the vice-mayor.
The council also voted to have the Faribault County Register as the official newspaper for the city, First Bank Blue Earth as the official depository for city funds and Eide Bailly as the auditor.
The council also decided to continue their 2017 organization work by devoting their next work session, set for Tuesday, Jan. 17, to setting goals for the year.
Each council member listed their goals last year, and city administrator Tim Ibisch had those listed at last Monday’s meeting.
“We can look at how many we accomplished last year, and reset our goals for this year,” Ibisch said. “And each of you can send in your five top goals for 2017.”
In other business at last Monday’s meeting, the council:
Was introduced to the new administrative assistant for at City Hall, Echo Roggenkamp, who will be replacing Sue Hauskins who is retiring at the end of this month.
Roggenkamp, a native of Pennsylvania, recently moved to Blue Earth from Ankeny, Iowa. She will officially start her new position this week and will train with Hauskins through the end of the month.
Administrator Ibisch reported there were 40 applicants for the position, and the administration interviewed seven before making their selection.
Agreed to up a recent decision to rebate a sewer bill to resident Andy Huynh from $87 to $124.89.
Heard an update on both past and future construction projects from Matt Cole of Bolton & Menk.
Heard Mayor Scholtes officially proclaim January as National Mentoring Month in Blue Earth.