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Sellner appointed to one vacant council seat

Gregg Sellner will fill one of the two vacant Nisswa City Council seats.

A three-member council appointed Sellner on Wednesday, April 16, and he was sworn in right after that council meeting.

The city had five applicants: Sellner, Don Jacobson, John Ryan, Joe Lanz and Doug Hansen.

Sellner was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Jan Pierce, who resigned in February. That term expires in 2016, so Sellner will serve through the end of this year, and in November the seat will be on the ballot as a special election for a two-year term.

There is still one council vacancy. Mayor Brian Lehman and council members Gary Johnson and Joe Meyer on April 16 accepted Tina Foster’s resignation and declared that vacancy.

Council members will accept applications until their next meeting, May 21, when they will allow applicants to speak before appointing someone to the fifth council position. Like Sellner, the person will serve through the end of this year. That seat’s term expires then, so it will be on the November ballot as a four-year seat.

Last month, the council had indicated applicants would be able to speak at the April 16 meeting. However, after Foster then resigned April 10, Lehman, Johnson and Meyer said it was important to appoint a fourth council member as quicky as possible. Otherwise, if just one of the three remaining council members couldn’t attend a meeting, there wouldn’t be a quorum of council members present.

“We’re in a unique position here, folks,” Meyer said. “Like the mayor expressed, without a fourth position, and if God forbid something happened to one of us, there would be no meeting.”

Johnson and Meyer reviewed the five applications and recommended Sellner, a planning commission member for the past four years, saying he could step into the role as council liaison to the planning commission.

With Sellner’s appointment to the council, there is now an opening on the planning commission.

Sellner has lived in Nisswa for eight years. He joined the planning commission because of his 20 years of background in architecture and design. He works at Houston Ford in Pine River, and previously worked at Kuepers Construction in Baxter.

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