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Superior's City Council is getting back to business after meeting in special session Tuesday evening. The council approved appointments to its committees. The committees handle a variety of specialized tasks such as dealing with personnel issues,...

Superior's City Council is getting back to business after meeting in special session Tuesday evening.

The council approved appointments to its committees.

The committees handle a variety of specialized tasks such as dealing with personnel issues, financial matters, public works and public safety.

The council voted 9-0 to approve the committee membership as presented.

Councilor Mick MacKenzie, who had previously abstained from voting on the appointments, was unable to attend Tuesday's special session.

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The only change from a week ago was an appointment to the Plan Commission. MacKenzie received that appointment instead of Councilor Denise McDonald, who was nominated originally. Councilors planned to make that change when the nominations failed to garner support last week.

McDonald said the appointments aren't about individual councilors, but about taking care of the city's business. "It's all about the city," she said

Last week, the council failed to make 45 appointments after Councilor Greg Mertzig objected to his appointment as an alternate rather than a standing member of the Human Resource Committee, the panel that deals with personnel and labor issues. Three councilors - Dan Olson, Warren Bender and Mick MacKenzie - abstained from voting on the appointments last week, rendering the votes of Tom Bridge, McDonald, Bob Finsland, Mike Herrick and Esther Dalbec insufficient to make the appointments.

No changes were made concerning the contested Human Resource Committee appointment; McKenzie, McDonald and Finsland were appointed as standing members and Mertzig was appointed as an alternate to stand in when other committee members are unable to attend.

Without council members appointed to serve on committees, the city's License and Fees Committee meeting, normally held the second Monday of the month, was postponed one week. The panel is slated to consider outdoor alcohol consumption licenses in response to the state's smoking ban next Monday. The ban goes into effect July 5.

While the city's Public Safety and Finance committees would normally meet this week, neither meeting was scheduled. The Public Safety Committee hasn't met since January.

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