New leadership comes to Champlin City Council

ArMand Nelson moves into mayor’s seat, joined by two newcomers

The new face of the Champlin City Council took shape Tuesday, Jan. 8, as three individuals were given the oath of office. City Clerk Roberta Colotti delivered the oath first to Mayor ArMand Nelson, who previously served as a council member. Bruce Miller was sworn in to represent Champlin’s Ward 3. Kara Terry was sworn in to represent Ward 4.

Kara Terry takes the oath of office before the Jan. 8 Champlin City Council meeting. She represents Ward 4 residents. (Sun staff photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk.)

Kara Terry takes the oath of office before the Jan. 8 Champlin City Council meeting. She represents Ward 4 residents. (Sun staff photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk.)

Bruce Miller takes the oath of office before the Jan. 8 Champlin City Council meeting. He represents Ward 3 residents. (Sun staff photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk.)

Bruce Miller takes the oath of office before the Jan. 8 Champlin City Council meeting. He represents Ward 3 residents. (Sun staff photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk.)

Mayor ArMand Nelson takes the oath of office before the Jan. 8 Champlin City Council meeting. (Sun staff photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk.)

Mayor ArMand Nelson takes the oath of office before the Jan. 8 Champlin City Council meeting. (Sun staff photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk.)

The council also approved resolutions regarding a number of appointments for 2013. These appointments were recommended by Mayor Nelson. They include:

• Acting Mayor — Councilor Eric Johnson (This position is filled by motion, not by resolution)

• Appointment to Metro Cities — Councilor Miller with Mayor Nelson as alternate

• Appointment to Anoka-Champlin Fire Board — Councilor Terry and City Administrator Bret Heitkamp and Police Chief Dave Kolb and Deputy Police Chief Ty Schmidt or their successors as alternates.

• Appointment to Quad Cities Cable Communications Commission (QCTV) — Councilor Johnson and City Administrator Heitkamp

• Appointment to School District Advisory Council for Community Education — Councilor Rick Karasek

• Appointment of Weed and Tree Inspector and Deputy Inspector — required to by Mayor Nelson. Mr. Wissink will be contracted to serve as the Deputy.

• Appointment to Champlin Farmers Market Board — Nadine Johnson, Dawn Soderholm and city staff Alicia Jahnke and Dan Masloski.

 

The council also approved commission appointments. Tom Moe (Ward 1) and Brian Martenson (Ward 2) were each appointed to serve another three-year team on the Environmental Resources Commission. Martenson was appointed as chairperson and Brad Thiel was appointed as vice chairperson for 2013.

Currently there are commission openings for the ERC in Ward 2, Ward 3 and Ward 4.

Commissioner Gina Magnuson was appointed to serve an extended term on the Parks and Recreation Commission ending March 31. She was appointed to serve as chair of the commission until a successor is appointed. Mary Broughton (Ward 3) was appointed to serve another three-year term ending Dec. 31, 2015.

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Mika’s ward designation will be changed from At-Large to Ward one to provide increased flexibility in appoint a future member.

There are current openings on this commission for Ward 2, Ward 4 and At-Large representation.

The city council approved the appointment of Robert Thiel (Ward 1) to another three-year term on the Planning Commission ending Dec. 31, 2015. Thiel was appointed chairperson and Commissioner Forrest Elliott (Ward 1) was appointed vice chair. Nate Truesdell (Ward 3)  and Mike Wiley (Ward 4) were appointed to terms on the Planning Commission ending Dec. 31, 2015.

Individuals interested in open seats on the ERC or Parks and Recreation Commission should contact city hall at 763-421-8100.

 

Contact Mindy Mateuszczyk at mindy.m@ecm-inc.com

 
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