PETERSBURG-AK Petersburg has a new City Councilor. The Mayor and three Councilors Monday night appointed Nancy Strand to the vacant seat. Strand was born and raised in Petersburg. She previously served on the Council forty years ago. Since her retirement from construction work in 1995, Strand has volunteered for a variety of city and community posts. In recent years, she was on the local committee that drafted the charter for a proposed Petersburg borough. She also serves on the Clausen Memorial Museum board and is chair of the City’s Utility Board. She lost an election bid for council last fall.
Strand was one of two applicants for the seat formerly held by longtime councilor Ed Sarf, who passed away in March. The other applicant was Ben Johnson, the operations director for the Petersburg Indian Association and current chair of the City’s ad hoc, smoking ordinance committee .In a secret ballot, the council initially voted three to one in favor of Strand. However, with just a quorum of four members Monday night, the vote had to be unanimous to make the appointment. So they took a second vote and everyone voted for strand. Councilors Mark Jenson and John Havrilek were out of town. Strand will have to resign her seat on the utility board to take the council appointment. Her council term will expire this fall . Councilor Rick Braun also reminded the public that most of the council seats will be up for election this fall:
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