City fills some board vacancies, not others

In one case during the annual appointments to Princeton city advisory boards on Dec. 27, 2012, there were more applicants than slots to fill, while in some other instances there were no applicants for an opening.

The city’s economic development authority board had a situation where two slots were opening up and three applicants had filed. The terms of Paul Whitcomb (a council member recently elected to become the new mayor in 2013) and Mary Chapman (coordinator for the chamber of commerce) were expiring Dec. 31, 2012. The three applicants for the two slots were Chapman, Genny Reynolds (who was elected in November to the Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners), and former Baldwin township supervisor Jeff Holm.

Chapman and Reynolds were appointed to the board.

One of the council members noted that Chapman and Holm were competing for the same EDA slot, an EDA member living outside city limits.

In other related action, the council:

• reappointed Scott Suhsen and Mike Misiura to three-year terms on the city park and recreation board.

• reappointed Duane Kruse and Jeff Dotseth to three-year terms on the airport advisory board.

• reappointed George Freichels to a three-year term on the Princeton Public Utilities Commission.

No one applied to be a candidate for a three-year term on the planning commission where Dave Thompson’s term was about to expire on Dec. 31, 2012.

The city also has a vacancy for a non council member to be on the East Central Cable TV Commission, where Victoria Hallin has been a member for many years. Hallin said she hopes the council will reappoint her to the council-representative slot on the cable TV commission when it makes more appointments this January. One other vacancy remaining for lack of candidates is on the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), which has a five-year term. The HRA’s main work is governing the operation of the Oaks Apartments, which has government-subsidized rent based on income.