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Hamilton appointed to Pine River City Council

The Pine River City Council on Tuesday, May 14, appointed Tammy Hamilton to fill a council position vacated by Ron Derksen.

The city received three applications to fill the position. The other applicants were Keith Lenk, member of the library board, and Gary Siltman, member of the sewer district board. Tamara Hansen moved to appoint Hamilton, saying she showed a good understanding of council duties and was near completion of a degree in business management.

Council members discussed whether they should take time to interview the applicants and make the final decision. Siltman offered to withdraw his application to expedite the process. Patty Melby seconded Hansen’s motion and Hamilton was appointed by a unanimous vote. Hamilton’s position will last until December 2014, at which time she can be elected to fill the remainder of the appointment.

In other news, the council:

• Heard from Judith Moravec regarding the city audit, who said the city has sufficient reserves and is in compliance with state requirements.

• Appointed Barb Beck and Kaycee Anderson to the library board to fill positions vacated by Delores Cummings and Elaine LeFebvre, who resigned.

• Passed a motion to support the concept of Paul Bunyan (Red and Black Buffalo) Plaid as the color theme for the city of Pine River, to be used for signs, banners, flags, advertising and other materials. This followed a presentation by the Pine River Revitalization group.

• Approved the Explorer’s Program after the city insurance agent reviewed the insurance covering the program.

• Agreed to increase access to the city debit card by city employees. Mayor Jim Sabas, public works supervisor Michael Hansen, city clerk Wanda Mongan, police chief Paul Sand and the future bus administrator are now authorized to use the city debit card.

• Reported there will be a hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, regarding the speed reduction on Mill Street.

• Decided not to renew the lease with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for use of the church parking lot. Hansen said the dentist office will work with the church. The city is still responsible for some maintenance this year.

• Approved a 3.2 beer license for the Pine River American Legion for noon to midnight June 27-29 at the fairgrounds.