New Harmony City Council member appointed
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 4:26 AM
The Harmony City Council appointed Kyle Morem to fill the council seat vacated by Jim Bakken at its regular meeting last Tuesday.
Bakken is moving to Preston and expressed disappointment over not being able to fulfill his term, which expires in December. He noted, in his resignation, however, that he could not pass up this opportunity to move to the community in which he also works.
Bakken said he was proud to serve the Harmony community and complimented his fellow council members on their own commitment to the city.
"It has been a great pleasure serving the community of Harmony and working with the council and city staff on everything that has come before us in the past three and a half years," he said. "Many challenges still lie ahead, but I am confident that the right people are in place to handle whatever comes along. I wish the council, city staff and the entire community continued success going forward."
The council accepted his resignation, with gratitude for his service. It was effective at the end of the May meeting.
"We appreciate your work," said fellow council member Deb Swenson. "You have done a good job."
Chris Johnson, the city's public works director, also complimented Bakken on his tenure as a councilman. "Kyle's going to have big shoes to fill," he added.
Bakken concluded his resignation by offering continued support for the city of Harmony.
"If there is anything I can do to help the city or the community, please let me know," he said.
Morem was one of four Harmony residents who had applied for the open council seat. Others were Steve Sagen, Cliff Johannessen and Jill Fishbaugher.
In his application, Morem said he was interested in the position and would make a valuable council member. "I feel that I will bring a view of the younger generations in town with young children," he said.
He also noted that he has worked in the electrical utility trade for 10 years, which he felt would serve him well on the council.
"I have an open mind and am willing to hear all sides of the issues that come about," Morem also stated on his application.
Swenson recommended the city appoint Morem, saying, "He is young, has kids, serves on the fire department and I think it would be good to have that point of view on the council."
The council unanimously voted to appoint Morem to the position.
Mayor Steve Donney encouraged the other three candidates to file for the general election in November. "This is a seven-month appointment," he said and indicated that this seat would be up as well as the seat currently held by Jerry Shuck.