Council appoints board members

By Patrick Fisher

The New Prague City Council made appointments to the city boards and commissions at its Tuesday, Jan. 18, meeting, some of which required much discussion.

Appointments to the Golf Board and the Utility Commission had the most discussion. The Golf Board drew the most candidates for its two three-year terms, one for a resident and the other for a non-resident club member. The seven applicants were Jim Morris, Rick Dodge, Beth Krouse, Dwane Anderson, Robert Vanasek, Daniel Bishop and Michael Jasan. The council had an informal session before its meeting to talk with the applicants for the boards and commissions.

With the exception of Jasan, who lives in Prior Lake, the remaining six were residents. The council decided to help with its decision for a resident appointment it would factor in the number of years a person has been a member of the New Prague Golf Club and how long they have been in the community.

The council unanimously appointed Vanasek as the resident member and Jasan as the non-resident representative.

The council also discussed the single appointment for the Utility Commission, a four-year term. The only applicant was Pat Scripture.

Mayor Sindelar explained that there were some questions about whether there could be some conflicts of interest since Scripture is also a city employee, working in accounting and bookkeeping.

The city attorney was contacted and said that while there may not be conflicts of interest there could be an incompatibility of offices.

Council members Rob Babione and Duane Jirik, who are both on the commission, said the commission had discussed it and there were questions regarding her ability to deal with city personnel as both an employee and an advisor. They also asked whether she did any of the financial work for the Utility Commission. Scripture said she didn’t handle that area.

Mayor Sindelar suggested that since Bishop had also expressed interest in working with the commission they consider him.

Babione said he would have a problem with that since Bishop hadn’t applied and it was well past the deadline. He made a motion that the council not fill the position at this time and ask for applications again and make a decision at its next meeting.

The motion passed unanimously.

Other appointments made by the council were Jake Jacobson to a six-year term on the Economic Development Authority (EDA). The vote was 3-2, with Babione and Kay Wilcox voting against. Wilcox noted that Jacobson has been on the EDA since 1990 and said she would like to see some type of term limits so other people can have a chance to serve. Richard Jordan had also applied for the EDA vacancy.

Other appointments included Matt Eldred to a one-year term as student representative to the Park Board and Michael LaDuke to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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