HJ/EDJuly 24, 2006

Pederson appointed to NG city council

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

The New Germany City Council appointed Pete Pederson to fill the city council position vacated by the resignation of Tommy Mathisen.

Pederson is currently on the planning commission.

Mayor Franklin Schoenke announced Wednesday that two candidates had expressed interest in the position.

Mathisen resigned because he is moving out of the city.

Schoenke said that Pederson and former mayor Paul Engelhart both came forward when the council asked for applicants to replace Mathisen.

When Engelhart learned that Pederson had notified the city he was interested in the position, he went to Pederson’s residence and asked him to withdraw his name from the list, according to city clerk Shelly Quaas.

During Wednesday’s council meeting, Schoenke gave both candidates an opportunity to speak before the council made its decision.

Pederson said that when the council vacancy was announced, he hesitated at first because he was concerned that there might be a conflict with his planning commission duties.

After discussion with city staff, he learned that being on the planning commission would not make him ineligible for the council position.

“I put my name in mainly because I hoped that the people who would appoint me would believe that I could do the job,” Pederson commented.

He said that one of his goals would be to build a positive attitude in the city.

“Let’s get busy and start doing great things,” he concluded.

Engelhart said that when the council vacancy was announced, he talked to some friends and they suggested that he put his name in.

“I care about the city, and I want to see it grow and improve,” Engelhart commented.

Council Member Steve VanLith said that both candidates are qualified and could do the job.

The council appointed Pederson to fill the vacant position through the end of this year.

By law, there will be a separate line item on the ballot during the November general election to fill the remaining two years of the term vacated by Mathisen.

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