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Burns, Egland to retire from SL city council

Thursday, August 23, 2007

At least two new people will be on the Storm Lake City Council after the November 6 election. Council members Julie Egland and Wally Burns have each decided not to run for new terms. They have a combine experienced of 20 years on the council.

"I'm going to focus on my business," Egland, owner of Kristis Kandies said. "Business has been getting stronger."

Egland said she has had a "great experience" over her eight years in city government and would recommend the position to anyone who is interested in helping Storm Lake.

Egland said she ran for office out of a desire to do her share to help the town.

Seeing Project AWAYSIS near completion has been a highlight of her career. "I think that Project AWAYSIS is great for Storm Lake, it really has changed the attitude of the community and the tourist," Egland said. "But I think that we can use Project AWAYSIS to describe any project in Storm Lake. It's a great name and really does add something."

Burns, with 12 years on the council, has decided to let someone new come in and help to lead the community. There is always room for fresh contributions, he feels.

"I originally though I was going to be in office for one term but it has turned out to be a lot longer," Burns said.

"They were looking for someone to be on the council and I agreed but now I'm older and as my wife says 'It's time to let someone else take over.'"

Burns added that he will miss regular discussion with other city leaders about the community's direction.

Another city council member, Sara Monroy Huddleston, will be up for reelection for 2007.

People interested in running for City Council can pick up required nomination paperwork at City Hall. Nominations may be filed Monday, August 27 through September 20.

According to Buena Vista Candidate Karen Strawn, each would-be candidate will need to secure names equal to 2 percent of the voters who voted in the last election, as well as an affidavit.

Unregistered voters have until September 24 to mail in paperwork to the Auditor's office or register in person at the office by September 28 to be able to vote for the City Council election.



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