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Newly Elected City Officials Take Oath of Office

December 2, 2019
By Joseph Schany , Emmetsburg News

by Joseph Schany

Four newly elected Emmetsburg city officials were administered the oath of office after Monday night's City Council meeting on Nov. 25. Along with current Councilman At-Large Bill Burdick and current Councilman Ward 2 Ryan Berkland, each having run unopposed in this year's election, Todd Bell, newly elected Ward 4 Councilman, and Patrick Degen, Emmetsburg's newly elected mayor, were on hand to be sworn in to office.

Results from this year's Palo Alto County election were certified and made official on Nov. 19.

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NEWLY ELECTED CITY OFFICIALS were sworn in to office on Monday night, Nov. 25. Pictured above, from left: Ryan Berkland, Ward 2 Councilman , and Bill Burdick, Councilman At-Large, ran unopposed and were re-elected to serve on the council while Patrick Degen, Mayor, and Todd Bell, Ward 4 Councilman, each won their respective races on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5. Each will serve a four-year term. -- Joseph Schany photo

Prior to swearing in the officials, the City Council met to discuss ongoing business.

During the meeting, the council voted to approve various city grant applications based on recommendations from the Grant Committee, which consists of the Finance Committee and Emmetsburg mayor, Myrna Heddinger.

Prior to Monday night, the Grant Committee met to determine the allocation of funds that they will be receiving from the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation (PACGDC).

Along with current grant applications, the council approved authorization for the Emmetsburg VFW and Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce to seek grant funding for a few needed building updates and upgrades.

The council also approved a cost of living wage increase for all non-union contract, summer, and salaried employees of 2.5%. The Negotiations Committee previously met with Union representatives and discussed a comparable agreement for union employees of a three-year, $0.50 a year contract. Insurance benefits for all employees did not change.

The City Council also approved the temporary closing of 10th St. on Friday, Dec. 6 for the 2019 Lighted Christmas Stationary Parade.

Finally, a public hearing was set for Monday, Dec. 9 to combine the Community Center Board and the Golf Board into one board going forward.



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