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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake mayor, councilors sworn in


Lois E. Johnson

Moose Lake City Administrator Tim Peterson, on left, administers the Oath of Office to Kris Huso and Greg Sarvela as city councilors at the reorganizational meeting of the Moose Lake City Council on January 11.

Ted Shaw was sworn in as mayor to serve another two-year term, and Kris Huso and Greg Sarvela were sworn in as councilors at the reorganizational meeting of the Moose Lake City Council on Wednesday, January 11.

Sarvela is beginning his service on the council while Huso has served for 16 years, she said.

During the appointments to the various committees and boards, Sarvela requested to serve on the Public Utilities Commission Board, a position he had held previously.

In his letter of interest, Sarvela stated, "Actually doing the work and having a leadership role has given me a lot of understanding of problem solving that the current board does not appear to have."

Councilor Doug Juntunen suggested, being he is new on the city council, that Sarvela wait a year before being appointed to the Public Utilities Commission.

Councilor Mike Peterson, Steven Devine-Jelinski and Curt Yort currently serve on the commission and Peterson said he would continue to serve. His council term ends in two years, it was said.

Sarvela has served on the Planning Commission but councilor Juntunen also serves on that commission. Sarvela said he would step down. The open position will be advertised.

Sarvela agreed to serve on the Parks and Recreation Board in place of the previous councilor, Jim Michalski. Veronica Youngberg, who has previously served as secretary to that board, was appointed to an open at-large position on the board.

Maryls Schmidt, who has been a longtime member of the Library Board, has stepped down, as has Michelle Berglund. Sharyn Sarvela had applied and was appointed to an open position. The other open position will be advertised.

Huso was appointed the Mayor Pro Tem, which she voted to oppose. The motion passed on a four-to-one vote.

Sarvela was appointed to the Municipal Liquor Store Committee, along with Huso.

Ted Shaw was appointed to the Administrative Committee, along with Huso.

The Community Education and Recreation Committee has seen no activity for eight years, Huso pointed out. It had once coordinated summer recreation programs at the school and the city park.

It will be included with the Park Board, it was said.

There also have been no meetings of the Active Living Coalition. But Ted Shaw and Juntunen were reappointed to the coalition.


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