Tuesday night’s regular Clarkfield City Council meeting, the first for 2013, featured some new faces with councilman Scott Vold and councilwoman Erin Crosby sitting for their first official meeting in their elected positions.
The council seemed to take it easy on the new additions; spending little time on any hot button issues such as contracting for police services, with the majority of the first meeting of the new year being consumed by the council’s statutory duties.
Both Crosby and Vold were voted onto the council by write-in votes. They replace long time community leaders Robert Schlenner and Francis Staab.
Vold is a 47-year-old divorced father of two who was born and raised in Clarkfield and currently works as an owner/operator for Cliff Viessman Inc. out of their Marshall terminal. Crosby, meanwhile, is 29 years old and married with four children. She’s spent most of her life in Clarkfield and currently works as an RN at the Clarkfield Care Center.
As for appointments for the new councilman/woman, as the council made their yearly designations, Vold was elected as one of the council’s two Clarkfield Economic Development Authority representatives, replacing Staab and joining current representative Neil Linscheid.
When the council did briefly touch on the issue of contracting for police services they decided to prepare questions for Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten about the service he and the county could offer.
At their last meeting, the city reviewed a pair of meetings held with the Upper Sioux Community and the YMC Sheriff as they investigate the possible disbandment of their own police department in favor of contracting with an outside agency.
After “shopping around”, as it were, the council was intrigued by the offer made by Flaten and have decided to vet the option further.
They set a date for next Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. to hold a work session to review the options presented by the YMC Sheriff. The meeting is open to the public.
At Tuesday’s meeting there were three Clarkfield citizens on hand to hear the council’s discussion on contracting for police services. They made no special inquiry, or comment, at this meeting, but can be expected to be against the police contracting measure. And can be expected to be at future meetings on the topic.
• The Clarkfield City Council approved the designation of councilmen Dave Biermaier for signature power along with Mayor Gene Kockelman and City Administrator Scott Weske.
• Neil Linscheid was designated as Acting Mayor in Absence of Mayor.
• Scott Vold was designated as EDA rep for the council and will join Neil Linscheid.
Page 2 of 2 - • Advocate Tribune designated as Official City Newspaper of Record for 2013.
• David Gilbertson of Nelson, Oyen Torvik designated as City Attorney for 2013
• Dana F. Cole, LLC. designated as City Auditor for 2013.
• F&M Bank of Minnesota—Clarkfield designated as Official Depository for 2013.
• The council meeting schedule was designated again as the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
• The city’s website clarkfield.org was designated as an alternative place to advertise projects.