Champlin’s outgoing mayor, councilor offer heartfelt parting sentiments

 

The Dec. 10 Champlin council meeting was the last meeting for the year and the last that will include Mayor Mark Uglem and Councilor Greg Payer on the council.

Mayor Mark Uglem presides over a Champlin Council meeting for the final time. (Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk)

Mayor Mark Uglem presides over a Champlin Council meeting for the final time. (Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk)

“I want to thank the citizens of Champlin, I have enjoyed this opportunity,” said Payer. He also complimented the city staff.

“You are a special group of people and I’ve enjoyed getting to know everybody,” he said. He also thanked his family for supporting him and making sacrifices to allow him the time to serve the community.

Uglem also shared parting sentiments at the council meeting.

“This is a great city to live in, we can’t lose sight of that,” he said. “You just don’t see councils like this. We get along, do our homework and get things done.”

Outgoing Councilor Greg Payer’s family lends their support by attending his final meeting on the council. From left to right are: Greg Payer, daughter MacKenzie Payer and wife Andrea Payer. (Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk)

Outgoing Councilor Greg Payer’s family lends their support by attending his final meeting on the council. From left to right are: Greg Payer, daughter MacKenzie Payer and wife Andrea Payer. Not pictured, son Josh Wilson. (Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk)

He also complimented the staff and attributed much of the culture and success of the city operations to City Administrator Bret Heitkamp’s style of leadership.

Having served six years as mayor and another year-and-a-half as a council member, Uglem recalled his early years on the council when the Ice Forum was being built.

“I recently was looking through photos of my wife and I painting the railings [at the Ice Forum] and building the locker rooms with a couple of other guys,” he said.

He also listed the number of businesses, restaurants and other developments that the current council has been a part of bringing into Champlin.

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