The Orchard City Town Board has appointed Gary Tollefson, a 38-year resident of the community, to fill a trustee vacancy.
Tollefson was a U.S. Forest Service employee for 23 years before retiring, he said during his interview on May 11. He has also owned businesses and has served as commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9221 for several years.
Tollefson was one of two town residents applying for appointment to the two-year vacancy, created last month when Ken Volgamore was elected mayor midway through his four-year term as trustee.
The mayor is now the town's only elected official who has won his seat by way of a contested race and a vote of the public. Four trustees were elected in the April election, but with four open seats, the vote tallies only determined their length of term. The one other serving town board member stood for election in 2014; but that election was cancelled because there were no contested races.
During the run up to last month's municipal election, there were at least two potential candidates who waited on the sidelines to see how many candidates would file. When four candidates filed to run for the four open seats, the others chose not to file their petitions, thus avoiding contested runs for trustee positions.
During the town board's May meeting, trustee Bob Eckels was elected to serve as mayor pro-tem by his colleagues.
Also at the trustees' May meeting Mayor Volgamore passed out standing committee assignments. Committees will be comprised as follows: planning commission -- Gynee Thomassen and Tom Huerkamp; personnel -- Dick Kirkpatrick and Thomassen; roads -- Bob Eckels and Gary Tollefson; park -- Tollefson and Thomassen; water -- Eckles and Kirkpatrick; Delta County Economic Development -- Huerkamp; county housing authority -- Craig Fuller; Surface Creek APC -- Fuller; and finance -- Fuller and Kirkpatrick.
In other business at its May 11 meeting, the town board:
• Appointed former trustee and planning commission member Beverly Moore to the town planning commission;
• Expressed willingness to trade water spilled from the treatment plant storage tanks for reservoir water if suitable;
• Heard a staff report on a failed computer modem at the water treatment plant. The failed modem has been replaced.
• Heard that the annual town picnic will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13;
• Heard a report that the Surface Creek APC has not met in over a year due to lack of any development activity.