By Ivan Raconteur
MONTROSE, MN The election of Montrose City Council Member Andy Kauffman to the mayor position created a vacancy on the city council which will begin Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.
The council approved a proposed plan for appointing a candidate to fill the remainder of the council term currently being served by Kauffman.
The city will accept applications through Wednesday, Dec. 31.
Applications will be reviewed by the council during the Monday, Jan. 12 council meeting. Appointments will be set up the following day, and the council will interview candidates during a special meeting Monday, Jan. 19.
The council will appoint the successful candidate during the Monday, Jan. 26 council meeting.
The two-year appointment will expire Dec. 31, 2010.
The appointment will be decided by a majority vote of the city council. The council may appoint any individual who is eligible for election to the office, and is not obligated to appoint any candidate previously defeated in an election for that office.
Application forms are available at the Montrose city office.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• cancelled a city council retreat that had been scheduled for Nov. 22. It was originally scheduled based on the possibility that up to three new council members could be elected, but the election resulted in only one change.
• acknowledged the 1,424 voters, 10 candidates, and the election judges who participated in the Nov. 4 general election.
• acknowledged Citizens State Bank, which participated in the purchase of the city’s sewer revenue bonds.
• heard from firefighter Jason Chaffins that the Montrose Fire Department picked up its new fire truck and put it into service Nov. 4.
• approved the following holiday schedule changes for the city office:
Wednesday, Dec. 24, close at noon.
Thursday, Dec. 25, closed.
Friday, Dec. 26, closed.
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, closed.
Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, closed.
Note: this story was compiled using information from the draft version of the minutes from the Nov. 10 city council meeting.