Girk wins recount for Loretto Council

The contest for a Loretto City Council seat between Cari Girk and former City Councilor Brenda Lee Daniels was so close, that the city needed to recount the votes.

After  the paper dust settled, Girk proved to be the winner by two votes. Both Girk and Daniels had the same number of votes after the recount as they did before. Girk received 148 votes, compared with Daniels’ 146 votes.  Henry Pepin also was elected to a council seat.

The City Council certified results of the recount, along with other city election results, at its Nov. 13 meeting. Here are some meeting highlights.

Councilors accepted the resignation of City Clerk Cindy Patnode, who has held her position for six years, and authorized the search for a new city clerk. Patnode’s resignation is effective as of Dec. 31. She expected the City Council to approve her successor at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Turning to the topic of the Holiday Train, councilors learned that it would arrive at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Activities will begin at 3 p.m. The council decided to allow Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners to conduct a sleep out in the city parking lot after the Holiday Train event to raise awareness for housing, employment, child care, food and transportation needs of families who are struggling.

The Council authorized a letter of support for the Loretto Fire Department for its grant application for development of standard operating guidelines and procedures with the Hamel Fire Department.

City Councilors chose Herb Koch and Cindy Patnode to receive snowmobile gift certificates donated by the Loretto Sno-Birds. The certificates are recognition of Koch and Patnode for their work and involvement with the city through the years.

Medina Police Chief Ed Belland recognized the Loretto Fire Department for using a new Lucas machine that was instrumental in reviving a heart attack victim in Loretto on Nov. 1. LFD firefighters recently received training on the machine, which was donated by the Loretto Lions.

The Loretto Lions were the subject of a City Council discussion on the Loretto community sign located next to the ball fields on County Road 19, Public Works Director Jeff Leuer said the Lions will form a sign committee to look at any complaints and work with the city on any unresolved issues.

After that the council approved a sign permit for an off-premises electronic sign at the Loretto ball field. The Lions will pay the cost of the sign permit. The resolution said, “The city reserves the right to regulate and control the content and message display of the sign.”

The City Council also approved the purchase of a cube van generator from the city of Maple Plain at a cost of $1,500. The generator can be used for Loretto Fun Fest, the sewer ponds and general use during emergency situations.