Ada City Council Holds First Meeting of 2019 Year

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (1/8/19)

Ada, MN -- The Ada City Council held their first meeting of the new year on Tuesday night, where they designated their official newspapers, depositories, attorneys, and swore in the elected officials. Taking the Oath of Office was new council member Casey Krieger and returning council members Josh Mathsen, Crystal Stene, as well as Mayor Todd Sawrey. Mayor says there was lots of excitement and energy to start off the year.

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When it came to choosing a civil attorney for the 2019 year, councilman Tom Opheim once again made a motion to hire the Julin Law Office, a local firm, instead of Pemberton Law Office, who the council has used for a number of years. The motion died and the council then proceeded to move forward with continuing to use Pemberton Law Office out of Fergus Falls. Opheim was the lone “No” vote. Sawrey explains the reasoning behind sticking with Pemberton.

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Also at this week’s meeting, City Administrator Ben Burgener brought forward some discussion on providing Tablets for city officials. Mayor Sawrey says there’s a number of reasons to switch to digital, with the amount of wasted paper being the biggest.

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The Ada City Council also approved committee designations, appointed John Hintz as Vice Mayor, and approved a handful of Fire Department hires.

Councilmembers Josh Mathsen and Casey Krieger are tentatively scheduled to join the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program this Thursday at 9am.