Appointments for various positions, including a new fire chief, were made at the Tuesday meeting of the Cherokee City Council.
Dave Lucas, who has served as second assistant chief, is now the fire chief. This is a part-time position that pays $6,000 per year. Jack Olson, who has served, as chief for many years will remain with the fire department. Gary Chase will remain as the fist assistant chief. Mark Napier will serve as second assistant chief.
New appointments to the fire department include Justin Pritts and Wayne Pingel.
Three new appointments were made to the planning and zoning commission. One term has been vacant for a time. Ramona Nitz has indicated that she no longer wants to serve after her term expires at the end of the year. Jeff Osborn, whose term is also expiring, will be moving from town.
Tim Gaydo, Dan Morrow and Lorene Smith have been appointed to the commission.
Jean Cook has decided not to continue serving on the historical preservation commission. Sarah Cook has been appointed to that position.
Jim Adamson of the historical preservation commission has asked that the commission be increased from five to seven members to get "more energy, more ideas and more time."
The matter will be brought back to the council in the form of an ordinance.
Bob Leach has been appointed mayor pro tem.
The four city council members who continue serving next year will continue to serve as liaisons with the same departments as they previously did. These include Bob Leach -- parks and rec; James Peck -- street; Greg Stieneke -- wastewater; Mick Mallory -- fire. New council member Linda Burkhart will serve as water department liaison.
Jim Agnitsch will serve on the ISTEA policy board, a regional board that distributes transportation grants.
The council approved designation of the Chronicle Times as the official newspaper for publication of legal documents.
The council heard from Ed Otto, who along with a neighbor, Tom Abrahamson, sought to obtain an exemption from the burn ban in order to eliminate a pile of timber created from clearing an area behind their homes.
The council expressed reluctance to make exemptions to the burn ban but it was noted that if wood could be burned in accordance to an allowance for recreational fires.
A recreational fire is specifically defined as the burning of charcoal, or seasoned wood and limbs in a place designed for fire containment. Burning of leaves and trash is not allowed in a recreational fire.
The council approved including the Tyson water tower for coverage under a maintenance contract with Utility Service Co.
The board approved allowing auto sales in the Cherokee Business District. Council members praise Brown Chevy for its plans to create a display lot in the long vacant area of North Second Street just north of Subway. The lot has long been neglected and dilapidated.
"This is a win-win situation for the city," Stieneke said.