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Chuck Haase Elected Grand Island City Council President

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Councilman Chuck Haase is the new president of the Grand Island City Council.

The vote topped a short list of to-dos at Tuesday's meeting.

Both Haase and Ward 1 Councilman Vaughn Minton were nominated by their peers. Haase received six votes in an secret ballot. Minton and Mike Paulick received one vote each. Paulick was not eligible because he was not nominated.

Haase has represented Grand Island's Ward 5 since 2008.

Now he takes over for Council President Bob Niemann.

"It's an honor to be nominated and elected by your fellow council members," said Haase. "The down side is it's a lot of work. I think there's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes trying to get everything in place and I look forward to working with the mayor and administration."

The council has, at times, butted heads with the two this year; but Mayor Jay Vavricek, who supports Haase's election, said that's expected.

"Every year there's always different challenges based on personalities, but also based on the issues," he said.

"The mayor and I have known each other long before either one of us were in politics. I think that will play out really well," said Haase.

"[I] look forward to the future knowing that indeed there's going to be opportunity for strong debate, but also everyone is here, I think, for the right reason," said Vavricek.

The mayor is looking for two more people with that quality with vacancies in Ward 1 and 2 come January.

"I look for someone who will make a strong commitment. This will serve the balance of a three year term. It's scope undefined," said Vavricek.

Applicants need to submit a letter of interest to the mayor by January 3, at 5:00 p.m.

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