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Council handles organization matters

It was business as usual Monday at the first Farmington City Council meeting of 2011.

At least, business as usual for three out of the five members, since up until 7 p.m. that night, Jason Bartholomay had never taken a seat at the council table. Once Farmington's newest council member was sworn in, though, Bartholomay joined right in on the action, making several motions in his first meeting.

Most of the first meeting of 2011 included annual organizational matters.

Council member Julie May was designated as acting mayor in the absence of mayor Todd Larson. May was also appointed as primary council representative to the ALF Ambulance board, and the Eureka/Farmington Planning Advisory Committee, which she also served on in 2010. May was also appointed as an alternate representative on the Dakota Communications Center Board of Directors.

Larson was named as the council representative to the Dakota Communication Center Board of Directors, CEEF and the Farmington/Castle Rock Discussion Group. He served on all three committees in 2010.

Council member Terry Donnelly and Bartholomay accepted appointment to the MUSA Review Committee. Donnelly was a member of the committee in 2010. Bartholomay replaced May as the second representative. Bartholomay will also act as an alternate representative to the ALF Ambulance Board.

Council member Christy Jo Fogarty, who was also supposed to be sworn in Monday, was not in attendance at this week's meeting. Fogarty will take her oath of office at the Jan. 18 meeting. She was appointed as the council's representative to the Farmington/Empire Planning Advisory Committee, which she had been a member of for several years.

The Farmington Independent was named as the city's legal newspaper, and Joel Jamnik and the firm Campbell Knutson were again retained as the city attorney for 2011. The Farmington Police Department is the designated city process server. City administrator Peter Herlofsky is the responsible authority for data practices, human resource director Brenda Wendlandt is the compliance officer and police chief Brian Lindquist is the designated responsible authority for law enforcement.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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