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New mayor, old business take center stage at Whalan’s July council meeting


Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The first official meeting of the Whalan City Council with its new mayor—Rory Berekvam—proceeded quickly and quietly on Monday, July 13, 2015, with the council attending to on-going street maintenance and pothole questions, along with approvals for current building projects in the town. Previous minutes and the Treasurer’s Report & Bills Due were presented and unanimously approved by the council.

All members of the Whalan City Council were in attendance, except for council member Dave Rahn. City Clerk Lolly Melander was also present.

Mayor Berekvam took the oath of office to fill out the remainder of Larry Johnson’s term that will go through 2016. Johnson resigned last month due to his family’s recent move to a new residence beyond Whalan’s town limits. Berekvam is not new to the position—he had previously served as Whalan’s mayor once before.

There was minimal discussion about gravel needs for current pothole and street maintenance needs in Whalan. One street in particular was noted to have 5-6 major potholes needing attention. A load of gravel will soon be ordered and repairs will begin.

It was noted that there will be a meeting of the Lanesboro Rural Fire Department on Wednesday, July, at 7 p.m., at the Carlton shed (located in Lanesboro). That meeting, with representatives from all the local townships, is expected to focus on equipment issues. Mayor Berekvam, City Clerk Lolly Melander, and council member Everett Johnson volunteered to attend that meeting to represent Whalan.

A conditional use permit requested by Jane Lewis who is opening a boutique in Whalan was unanimously approved, as was a building permit requested by Alesha Sween for a new deck and repair work on the front entry of her residence.

A letter from the Whalan Council to council member Dave Rahn regarding his decision to remain on the council has not been answered to date. Rahn had verbally communicated to the council regarding his extensive upcoming travel schedule that will preclude his attendance at council meetings. The council will await his needed official and written notification before proceeding with the matter of a council seat vacancy.

The need for all Whalan businesses to obtain a Yearly Business License was confirmed and approved by the council, a matter discussed in recent Whalan meetings. The License will cost $15 a year. This policy will go into effect on Jan .....
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Whalan council gets parade report-and a new mayor-at June meeting

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

A new but familiar face will be in the Whalan mayor chair next month when newly-appointed Rory Berekvam assumes that position. Berekvam will fill out the remainder of Larry Johnson’s mayoral term that will end on June 30, 2015. Johnson resigned ..... 
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Whalan City Council passes new zoning ordinances

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

By Steve Harris The Whalan City Council held their monthly meeting on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Whalan Town Hall. All members were present. The regular council followed a special town meeting that was called to discuss proposed zoning changes. ..... 
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Whalan City Council talks Fire Department funding, siren repair

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council’s monthly meeting on February 9, 2015, focused on brief discussions concerning the Lanesboro Rural Fire Department funding changes, the status of the town’s siren repairs, and other needed maintenance projects. A meet ..... 
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Whalan City council confirms officers, plans for 2015

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council began the new year at its January 12, 2015, meeting by swearing in its officers and confirming a slate of official business connections. Returning Mayor Larry Johnson and Council members Everett Johnson and Jim Gustavson were ..... 
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Whalan council approves 2015 tax levy at December 8 Meeting

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan city council voted at its December 8, 2014 meeting to approve the town’s 2015 tax levy increase at 2 percent, as previously discussed at its October council meeting. By law, that proposed tax could have been adjusted downward by the c ..... 
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Whalan’s emergency siren silenced; repairs underway, council learns

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

Whalan’s “emergency siren” is currently not working, but plans are underway for corrective measures to change that, the Whalan City Council learned at its monthly meeting on October 13. An apparent water leak at the top of the siren pole, a le ..... 
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Whalan City Council talks town improvements and house demolition

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the regular monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council that took place on Monday, July 14, a number of items were discussed and actions were approved. Present at the meeting were Mayor Larry Johnson, Everett Johnson, Jim Gustavson, David Rahn, Ma ..... 
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Stand Still Parade, new trail map highlight Whalan’s June council meeting

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, June 9, the council received positive news on a number of recent projects and events. The Stand Still Parade Committee presented their final financial report to the Council, showing a net profit of $3,09 ..... 
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