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Menahga’s newest councilor sworn in

Menahga’s newest city council member, Martin Ahlf, takes the oath of office from City Administrator Char West. (Nick Longworth / Enterprise)

By Nick Longworth

Mayor Pat Foss appointed Martin Ahlf as the City of Menahga’s newest council member at the Monday, April 14 monthly meeting.

Speaking on the subject prior to be sworn in, Foss reiterated that one council member had previously resigned, creating an opening.

Ahlf was sworn in by City Administrator Char West, raising his right hand and saying, “I, Martin Ahlf, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully, impartially, and justly perform all duties of Menahga City Council members according to the best of my ability. I further solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Minnesota.”

In other news, the council:

  • Approved the regular meeting minutes from March 10, 2014.
  • Heard a presentation from Mark Hanson, WCEDA Economic Developer, who discussed possible economic development in Menahga. Future meetings are scheduled.
  • Heard a presentation from Julia Kicker, the sole coordinator for the 4th grade “Hooked on Fishing” program 13 of the 25 years. She was hoping to have it be the last year with her as the single coordinator, transitioning back over to the police department with the fire department being heavily involved as well. She would also like the continued support of the city council for the program. Her motion for support from the city council was unanimously approved.
  • Approved the recommended purchase of two new police desktop computers, at approximately $2,050, to be paid out of the 2014 police equipment budget.
  • Approved the $1,657,600 project cost for an existing plant rehabilitation and new well for water treatment improvements. The approval came after hearing a presentation of City Engineer Chris Thorson from Ulteig Engineering. The city council will be hoping to pay for a large amount of the cost later through grants.
Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
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