June 24, 2008 - Reorganization Meeting



TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008


Mayor Fennewald called the meeting to order at 7:00p.m.  Present were Council Members Terry Johnson, Blaine Klein, Dana Larsen, Jarvis Sasse, and Laura Volk.  Also present was City Auditor Elaine Christianson.   Absent was Council Member Kevin Nelsen.


Christianson reported the election results received from Ward County Auditor Devra Smestad.  Motion made by Volk, second by Johnson to approve results.  Roll call vote:  Volk-aye; Klein-aye; Sasse-aye; Larsen-aye; Johnson-aye; motion carried.


Mayor Fennewald swore in Municipal Judge Dirk Blaine Fink, Ward 1 Council Member Blaine Klein, Ward 2 Council Member Dana Larsen and Ward 3 Council Member Terry Johnson, all four-year terms. 


Mayor Fennewald recommended the following appointments of officers:

City Auditor (Full-time):  Elaine Christianson

Deputy Auditor (Part-time):  Rosemary McNamara

Police Chief (Full-time):  Brad Seideman

Police Officers (Part-time):  Al Schlag, Luis Coca, and Pete Schneider

Public Works Superintendent (Full-time):  vacant

Public Works Employees (Part-time):  Gene Bailey and Luis Coca

Building Inspector:  Charles Tollefson

City Attorney:  Deb Hoffarth

City Engineer:  Alan Estvold

Planning and Zoning Commission:  Ron Burns, Rod Hjelden, Kim Shaw, Jamie Soper, and Chuck Tollefson

Special Assessment Commission:  Stacy Horn, Alan Leintz, and Chuck Schmidt

Larsen moved to approve the appointments as recommended by Mayor Fennewald. Klein seconded. Roll call: Larsen-aye; Johnson-aye; Volk-aye; Klein-aye; Sasse-aye; motion carried.


Volk nominated Dana Larsen as Council President.  Johnson seconded.  Roll call: Volk-aye; Johnson-aye; Larsen-abstain; Sasse-aye; Klein-aye; motion carried.


Volk nominated Blaine Klein as Council Vice President.  Larsen seconded.  Roll call: Volk-aye; Larsen-aye; Johnson-aye; Klein-abstain; Sasse-aye; motion carried.


Mayor Fennewald recommended the following appointments of commissioners:

Water & Sewer Commissioners (2):  Blaine Klein and Jarvis Sasse

Streets & Snow Removal Commissioners (2):  Dana Larsen and Kevin Nelsen

Police Commissioner (1):  Terry Johnson

Personnel & Finance Commissioner (1):  Laura Volk

Larsen moved to approve the appointments as recommended by Mayor Fennewald. Klein seconded. Roll call: Larsen-aye; Volk-aye; Johnson-aye; Klein-aye; Sasse-aye; motion carried.


Under other business, Christianson reported on the ND League of Cities class for newly (and not-so-new) city leaders in Bismarck.  Any Council Members interested in attending will contact Christianson.


Discussion held regarding a letter received from North Prairie Rural Water District.  Council advised Christianson to contact the State Water Commission regarding the status of the study that was offered.  Council inquired about the status of the fill valve.


Council advised Christianson to set up Public Works Supervisor interviews for Greg Lemer and Clifford Nelson.  Discussion was held regarding potential wage.


Sasse moved to adjourn.  Larsen seconded.  All aye, meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.