New members sworn onto East Grand Forks council
Tuesday's meeting lasted about 15 minutes.
EAST GRAND FORKS — The newest members of the East Grand Forks City Council were sworn in during the first meeting of 2023.
Karen Peterson and Ben Pokrzywinski, representing the city at large and the second ward, respectively, took the oath of office on Tuesday, Jan. 3, in a meeting that lasted about 15 minutes. Peterson and Pokrzywinski were elected to the council in November. Dale Helms was also reelected to the council then, but in a different ward.
Peterson had also run for Ward 2, but encouraged people, via Facebook, to consider her as a write-in candidate for the at-large position, which she ultimately won.
After swearing in the new council members, the panel considered annual business, including setting the time and date for meetings, selecting the East Grand Forks Exponent as the council’s paper of record and a number of other items.
Mayor Steve Gander also commended the Parks and Recreation Department for its work to clear snow off trails and sidewalks.
“Whenever we talk about snow removal, we talk about public works, but we know parks and rec are very involved with snow removal,” he said. “I took a look at the trail once again and it’s looking really good. … Parks and rec, good job.”
Gander said the city is still scraping the last bits of snow and ice off of city streets, but if there are areas or cul-de-sacs in town that may have been missed, people should call the city at 218-773-1313.