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Semmerling sworn in as mayor

 

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BESSEMER CITY Council members were sworn in by City Clerk Jim Trudgeon. From left: Marlene Zaleski, Al Gaiss, Doug Olsen, new Mayor August "Butch" Semmerling and Linda Nelson.

BESSEMER - August "Butch" Semmerling was elected mayor of Bessemer at Monday's city council reorganizational meeting, having garnered the most votes Nov. 5 at 271 and receiving an unanimous vote from the council.

Semmerling said, "I'd like to thank everyone for supporting me in this election."

The Nov. 5 election drew a poor 22 percent turnout in Bessemer, with 375 votes cast.

Al Gaiss and Doug Olsen tied for second with 257 votes apiece, so a coin was tossed, and Gaiss won for mayor pro tempore 3-2, challenged by a nomination for Linda Nelson by Marlene Zaleski.

Council meeting dates will remain on the first and third Mondays of the month at 5 p.m.

City attorney Mike Korpela was reapppointed. He has been serving the city since 1993.

Semmerling requested the Mary Street project, and accompanying fire hydrant and electrical service issues, be placed on next Monday's agenda.

City manager Michael Uskiewicz said he will arrange for the project engineers from Coleman Engineering to attend to update the council. Because of weather, a number of issues surrounding the project need to be discussed, he said.