By LINDA LOBECK
IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain City Council has appointed Rick Zolner to fill the at-large seat on the council. Zolner will be taking the seat at the Jan. 6 council meeting.
According to City Manager Jordan Stanchina, Zolner, owner of Downtown Sew & Vac, was one of four candidates interested in the opening and one of three that were interviewed during a special council meeting.
The vacancy on the council was created following the resignation of Dave Farragh at the Dec. 9 meeting. Farragh had served on the council for nearly seven years and resigned due to being out of the area for several months in the winter.
The council also received letters of interest for the position from Barry Denny of 700 Woodward Ave.; Kyle Blomquist of 632 Woodward Ave.; and Richard Hartwell of 506 Seventh St.
Stanchina added that Blomquist and Denny along with Zolner were interviewed by the council, but Hartwell was unavailable at that time.
Zolner will be filling the unexpired two years of Farragh's term on the council.
In his letter to the council, Zolner noted that he was been a property owner in downtown Iron Mountain since 1987 and a business owner since 1997. He has lived in Iron Mountain since 1986, and also served on the Downtown Development Authority Board for several years.
Zolner has a bachelor of science degree in transportation management and business administration from Elmhurst College in Illinois, graduating in 1979.
Before moving to Iron Mountain, he was a realtor and owned a business. He continued in the real estate business for four years when first moving to Iron Mountain and worked at Bob's Homes before purchasing Meyer's Sew & Vac in 1997.
The name of the business was changed to Downtown Sew & Vac and Zolner has been a business owner in the downtown area since that time.
"Being a business owner and property owner downtown, I believe has given me some experience that may be unique and beneficial to the city council," Zolner said in his letter to the council.
Linda Lobeck's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.