Perham's councilmen and mayor sworn into office

Perham's mayor and two city councilmen were sworn into office at the regular Perham City Council meeting on Jan. 11.

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Perham City Councilmen Eric Spencer (left) and Jame Johnson (center) were sworn into city office along with Pehram Major Timothy Meehl at the City Council Meeting on Jan. 11. (RosaLin Alcoser/Focus)

Perham Mayor Timothy Meehl, City Councilmen James Johnson, and Eric Spencer were sworn into Perham City Office by Perham City Manager Jonathan Smith at the start of the regular Perham City Council meeting on Jan. 11, in the council chambers at City Hall.

The three city officials were re-elected to their offices in the General Elections held in November.

Other business discussed by the Perham City Council:

  • The council made their 2021 organizational resolutions. In those resolutions members of the City Council were assigned to the city committees that they will serve on in 2021. Council members were assigned to the following committees: Meehl, Administration and Finance Committee, Emergency Management Fire and Rescue Committee, and Economic Development Authority Committee; Johnson, Administration and Finance, Library Board, and Lodging Tax Committee; Fred Lehmkuhl, Public Works and Safety Committee, Emergency Management Fire and Rescue, Airport Commission, Planning Commission, and Fair Board; Spencer, Public Works and Safety, Golf Course Board, and Parks and Recreation Board; and Brad Schmidt Liquor, Store Committee, Perham Area Community Center Board, EDA, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and Safety Committee.

  • Smith reported to the council that the sale of the general obligation bonds, which took place on Jan. 11, went well. The sale was for three existing bonds with the purpose to refinance the bonds. The sale resulted in $140,000 in savings. All three of the bonds were healthy before the refinancing and are expected to be paid off in the next 10 years. The purpose of refinancing the bonds was to lessen the burden of the tax levy for those bonds.

  • The council approved the contract for legal services with Ramstad, Skolyles, and Winters P.A. Thomas Winters appeared before the council at the meeting and expressed that the firm is grateful to have been selected and is looking forward to working with the city of Perham. Smith said Winters will be the main attorney from the frim to deal with the city. To help get the new city attorney familiar with the city of Perham Winters will be attending several city meetings over the next month.

  • The council approved to renew Disgruntled Brewing’s taproom on sale and brewer off-sale and Sunday licenses pending the payment of all fees and legal requirements required by the city and state of Minnesota’s Liquor Control Board are met.

  • The council accepted $500 donations from Central Minnesota Credit Union and Ottertail Aggregate as well as a $100 donation from Arvig for the Disc Golf Course located in Arvig Park.

  • The Perham Rural Fire Association Annual Meeting that was scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. in the Perham Fire Hall on Jan. 27 has been canceled because of COVID-19. Smith said all information that would have been shared at the meeting will be sent out to all of the townships that hold contracts with the Perham Fire Department.

  • The City Office will b closed on Monday, Jan. 18, for Martin Luther King Day.

  • A Special Council Meeting and the Committee of the Whole will be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27.

  • The League of Minnesota Cities Experienced Leaders Institute will be held virtually from Feb. 2-13.

  • The next regular City Council meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8.

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