Want to be a Ward I councilor?

A week following Councilor Jim Sanborn’s announcement that he’s resigning from the Waconia City Council because he and his family are moving from Ward I into Ward II, the Waconia City Council formally accepted the resignation and declared a vacancy on the council during its meeting held on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Sanborn will continue on the council until his resignation becomes effective on March 31.
“I’m happy to help with the process of filling the vacancy as soon as it’s been declared and I do plan to continue on with my duties until that March 31st date,” Sanborn told the council during the meeting.
Sanborn was elected to a four-year term in 2010 and the term ends on Dec. 31, 2014.
In this instance, since the city council member term has less than two years remaining, the city council can appoint a qualified individual to complete the term. In order to be considered for the seat, a citizen must be a resident of Ward I (one can view the Ward boundaries on a map found at the city website).
Residents of Ward I that are interested in filling the seat are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and resume for consideration. The deadline for submission will be the close of business on Friday, March 15.
One can send letters and resumes to City Administrator Susan Arntz at sarntz@waconia.org.
Mayor Jim Nash thanked Sanborn for his service and wished him and his family all the best.
“I will be sad to see you go, you’ve been a great addition to the council for the last two years,” Nash said. “We’ve done a lot of good work and I wish you and Cheryl all the best in your new home and hope to see you still doing all the civic things that I know you’ve been doing for the last number of years. So, congratulations and regrets at the same time.”
Councilor Charles Erickson told Sanborn that it has been an honor to work with him during the brief time he has been on the council and he welcomed Sanborn to Ward II, which elicited laughter from the council chambers. Sanborn responded by saying he will have Erickson and Councilor Kent Bloudek (who also represents Ward II) on speed dial just in case he needs to reach them.
In other matters:
• City officials have analyzed how Governor Dayton’s recently proposed modifications to the state sales tax would affect Waconia and concluded that the proposed increase in sales tax would likely result in a 6 percent increase in taxes and fees charged to Waconia residents and businesses. As a result of this research, the council adopted an amendment to its 2013 legislative priorities that says the city supports legislation which exempts cities, counties and townships from paying sales taxes.
• The council adopted a motion authorizing the use of streets for the 2013 Lake Waconia Triathlon, which will be held on Sunday, June 30. The triathlon is a three-stage event consisting of a 1/2-mile swim course, a 20-mile bicycle course, and a four-mile run course. City streets are generally used from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• The council approved a motion allowing the Waconia Hockey Association (WHA) to use the Waconia Ice Arena for the Annual WHA Ice Out Event scheduled for March 22.
The council also gave its blessing for the WHA to take the first two parking stalls located east of the walkway in the front row and auction them off as a fundraiser. The winning bidders would be allowed to use those stalls from April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.
• Public Services Director Craig Eldred noted that the city received an Environmental Leadership Award from the Freshwater Society at its recent Road Salt Symposium. The award is related to the city’s efforts in reducing the amount of chlorides from road salt from entering into water sources. For more information, see the related article that appeared in the Feb. 21 Waconia Patriot.
• The council acknowledged some donations, including a microwave for Safari Island from the Waconia Young @ Heart Club and items from businesses and organizations that were given away as prizes during the Winterfest Ice Fishing Contest on Feb. 2.
• The council’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 4.

Contact Todd Moen at todd.moen@ecm-inc.com

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