by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
The Upsala City Council hired new City Clerk/Treasurer Reva Mische, effective Sept. 23. Mische’s contract was approved by the City Counci, Monday. She currently works Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings.
Mische will serve as an interim clerk until May 9, 2014. Starting Jan. 6, 2014, she will work an average of 32 hours per week and will be on call as needed. Her wage is set at $12 per hour.
Upon completion of her internship May 9, Mische will be reimbursed the cost of nine credit hours from St. Cloud State University (SCSU).
After successfully completing her probationary period, the position will be posted and Mische will have the opportunity to apply.
Mische grew up in St. Cloud. She is a senior at SCSU majoring in community planning and development with a focus on economic development.
Mische’s interest in local development and planning was fueled by her mother’s community involvement in St. Cloud.
“I am especially interested in the development and growth of small communities as they often hold a lot of untapped potential for growth and prosperity,” Mische said. “I am interested in learning about what makes a community unique and finding ways to make those attributes shine.”
She was introduced to Pierz City Administrator Anna Gruber through a mentorship program at SCSU. Mische began sitting in at various city meetings and has attended monthly collaboration meetings in Royalton, where local mayors, city officials and employees can gather.
“I attended my first collaboration meeting as Upsala’s interim city clerk last Wednesday and I believe it’s going to continue to be incredibly beautiful to be a part of,” she said. “It’s great to see that collaboration and hard work among the various cities in the county.”
Mische notes that Mayor Rollie Johnson and the council members reflect the dedicated and active members of the community.
“Just in the first few weeks of being in Upsala, I have been presented with so many different project and ideas,” she said. “That speaks volumes of the community’s goals. Everyone has been so welcoming.”
Upsala City Council Briefs
Other business that came before the Upsala City Council Monday included:
• Discussing the visibility issue of semi-trailers parking on Main Street as well as the snow removal policy, but sending both to the Planning Commission for revisions;
• Hearing that 1,200 lightbulbs were ordered for the winter decorations;
• Approving the annual request from St. Mary’s Church for a turkey bingo and fall raffle event, Sunday, Oct. 27; and
• Bidding farewell to City Clerk/Treasurer Adrian Welle, as he takes a new job in Florida. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with you,” Welle said.
There will be a special assessment meeting Monday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the city offices, followed by the regular council meeting at 7 p.m.