After Mayor Paul Isakson called last week’s session of the Amery City Council to order, a fresh member to the staff at Polk County stopped to say hello to attendees of the March 6 meeting. Nick Osborne is Polk County’s new Administrator. 

Osborne was born and raised in Marshfield, Wisconsin, attending college at UW-La Crosse where he majored in political science and public administration. He attended graduate school at UW-Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Osborne’s career began in Miami-Dade County, Florida. He spent one year as a management trainee for the county’s budget and manager’s office. He also spent four and a half years with the fire rescue department.

Supervisors chose Osborne by a 7-to- 6 vote during a special meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 22. He was one of three finalists for the position, out of more than 40 applicants for the job. Osborne replaced Jeff Fuge, who announced late last year he would be retiring effective March 1. Fuge worked with Polk County for 20 years as corporation counsel.

In new business, council members voted unanimously to approve the pay request from Amanda Fisk, Director, Amery Community Center for repairs to the HVAC computer control system. 

Also unanimously approved was the secondhand article dealer license for Trends & Treasures, owner Amanda Barney and to approve the Temporary Class “B” Retailer’s Licenses (4) for the St. Joseph Catholic Church Lenten Fish Fry dinners.

A motion was made via telephone by Rick Van Blaricom, who was in Arizona and seconded by Tim Strohbusch to approve the hiring of a 2019 Park Host for North Park to greet guests, answer questions, assist campers to their site, do routine maintenance and collect campground fees. All passed the motion. Reconvening after closed session, a motion was made by Kristen Vicker and seconded by Sarah Flanum to offer Patricia Bjorklund the City Clerk/Treasurer position for the annual salary of $52,000.

Julie Riemenschneider, Van Blaricom and Strohbusch agreed, and the motion passed.

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