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New Polson City Commissioners take their seats

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POLSON – With the New Year comes new faces on the commission. 

Carolyn Pardini was elected to represent ward three, which is the southern and southeastern parts of the city. She was elected over her opponent, Zoerene Gembala, in the November race. Pardini takes the seat vacated by Ian Donovan, who served two terms on the commission. 

“It’s been an honor to serve my constituents and my ward,” Donovan said. 

Tony Isbell took a seat as the second representative of ward two. He ran unopposed for the seat. He replaced Stephen Turner, who left the position after eight years. 

Turner advised the commission to continue to make the best decisions for the community. 

Mayor Paul Briney commended the work of the two departing commissioners. “Thank you for your leadership, your calm demeanor, your help, your friendship,” Briney said. “I and the citizens of Polson appreciate your time.”

The new commissioners joined the former members to vote for a commission chair. Commissioner Brodie Moll was elected to the position. 

Citizens were also appointed to four different advisory boards at the meeting. The commission unanimously approved the applications of each individual. Karen Kay Dunwell was appointed to the Polson Redevelopment Agency. Peter G. Ridgeway and Mike Roberts were appointed to the Parks and Tree Board. Dave Cottington and Bill Boettcher were appointed to the golf board. 

At the same meeting, the new commission approved amendments to the FY 2018-2019 budget, unanimously. These amendments added a total of $3,436 to the budget. The adjustments took into account the cost of hanging-basket maintenance in the city, tree conservation services, credit card fees and police donations. These costs were covered by revenue or reserve funds. 

The commissioners discussed looking into other options for credit cards to reduce the fees associated with their use. 

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