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New council member voted in; eager to start

After hearing from the three finalists for the at-large council position vacated by David Cronk earlier this spring, the City Council selected Dan Gulick to fill the seat Tuesday night.

Gulick, who works at Minnesota Rubber & Plastics in River Falls and studied engineering at West Point, said this community is unique to any he has ever seen.

He cited the excellent education system as one reason he and his wife, who is originally from here, moved their four kids to River Falls.

Gulick served for seven years in the Army, with tours in Bosnia and Iraq. He has lived all over the United States and said he would pick River Falls over Hawaii.

Gulick listed on his application he would like to make River Falls a destination location and work on attracting growing businesses and young families.

Gulick will serve through April 2014 when the at-large seat will be up for election.

The council has also been accepting applications for the District 3 seat vacated by Katie Chaffee almost a month ago.

Ten candidates applied for the job, which the council narrowed down by vote to three Tuesday night: Rellen Hardtke, David Reese and Luke Score.

Mayor Dan Toland said the new District 3 council member, once appointed, will probably start at the end of July.

A resolution awarding a contract to Total Excavating, formerly F&K Excavating of River Falls, was approved unanimously for the Ninth Street sewer-and-water reconstruction project.

The project, at a of $403,358, will focus on replacing water mains, storm sewers, catch basins and manholes and repairing curbs, gutters and sidewalks along Ninth Street between Pine and Hazel streets.

According to a report to the council from City Engineer Reid Wronski, Ninth Street has experienced many water main breaks along this route, some of which have closed down Meyer Middle School.

Construction is slated to begin in early July and be completed by mid-August in time for Meyer Middle School orientation for the 2013-14 year.