Government Boards and Committees
Government
Granite Falls has over 11 volunteer driven boards, commissions, and advisory committees that oversee various portions of public administration. The City actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences to add a unique viewpoint and represent Granite Falls as a community. If you are interested in getting involved, please visit the current openings page and submit an application. 

Listed below is a list of the active boards and committees:



Economic Development Authority
   
Major Duties:  
The Granite Falls Economic Development Authority (EDA), a subset of City Council, administers the City's Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) and other financial incentives. They strive to recruit, retain, and expand business in Granite Falls and strategize on how to create a better business climate. The Board meets the second Monday of each month. 
   
Membership: Seven members appointed to six-year terms 
Liaison: Cathy Anderson, Executive Director
Current Members: John Virnig (President)
  Mark Henderson (Vice President)
  Dave Bollman
  Jeff Cobb
  Dave Beasley 
  DuWayne Galow (Council Rep.)
  Scott Peterson (Council Rep.)
   
   
















 
Planning Commission
   
Major Duties:  
The Planning Commission is responsible for hearing and deciding applications for land use, conditional use permits, variances, and land subdivisions. In addition, the Planning Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on planning decisions, including proposed rezoning's. They generally meet every second Wednesday of each month. 
   
 Membership: Five member board appointed to three-year terms
 Liaison: Crystal Johnson, City Manager
 Current Members: Les Berquist
  Jean Fagnano 
  Craig Bakkelund 
  Cathy Anderson
  Scott Peterson (Council Rep.)
   
   

Utilities Commission
   
Major Duties:  
The Utilities Commission is comprised of seven members with three-year terms. The primary responsibility of the commission is to establish water and electric rates for consumers. They meet on the 4th Monday of each month in the Granite Falls Council Chambers. There is current three available spots--if interest please contact Joan Taylor, City Clerk.  
   
Membership:  Seven member board appointed to three-year terms
Liaison: Crystal Johnson, City Manager
Current Members: Tom Cherveny (Secretary) 
  Keith Koerlin 
  Brad Peterson 
  Don Reznechek
  Cathy Anderson
  Vacant  
  Dave Smiglewski (Council Rep.)  
   
   


 Library Board
   
Major Duties:   

The Library Board works with the librarian to advise him/her on library related matters including upkeep of the library building and grounds. They also advise the librarian on new programs and ways to help ensure the viability of the library for years to come. Meetings are held in the Granite Falls conference room. 

   
Membership: Seven member board appointed to three year terms
Liaison: Crystal Johnson, City Manager
Current Members: Joe Fagnano 
  Scott Tedrick
  Connie Peterson 
  Mary Kietzmann
  Sarina Otaibi (Council Rep.)
  Cathy Anderson
  Vacant
   
   


Hospital Board
   
Major Duties:   
 
   
Membership: Seven member board appointed to three-year terms
Liaison:  Tom Kooiman, Hospital Administrator
Current Members: Mark Jensen 
  Mark Henderson
  LaVonne Koenen 
  Mitch Ayers 
  Dave Nordaune 
  Kristi Flaten
  Joe Fagnano (Council Rep.) 
   
   


Park Board
   
Major Duties:  
  
   
Membership:  Five member board appointed to three-year terms
Liaison: Crystal Johnson, City Manager
Current Members:  Tim Knapper
  Joyce Lawson 
  Melissa Helgeson 
  Vacant
  Steve Nordaune (Council Rep.) 
   
   


Airport Commission
   
Major Duties  
  
   
Membership: Five member board appointed to three-year terms
Liaison:  City Administrator 
Current Members:  Scott Peterson  
  Brandon Parliament
  Brian Barber 
  Keith Woods 
  DuWayne Galow (Council Rep.)
   
   


Kilowatt Community Center Board
   
Major Duties:  
  
   
Memberships: Seven member board appointed to three-year terms
Liaison: Nick Richter, KCC Director 
Current Members:  Darlene Ulmer 
  Jackie Torvik 
  Lyndsey Weber 
  Victor Plante 
  Tyler Knutson
  Steve Nordaune (Council Rep.)
  Joseph Fagnano (Council Rep.) 
   
   

Finance Committee
   
Major Duties:  
  
   
Memberships: Two member committee selected from Council Members
Liaison: City Administrator/Finance Director
Current Members: DuWayne Galow
  Sarina Otaibi 
   
   


Wage and Salary Committee
   
Major Duties:   
  
   
Memberships: Two member committee selected from Council Members
Liaison:  City Administrator/Finance Director 
Current Members:  Steve Nordaune 
  DuWayne Galow 
   
   


Community Education
   
Major Duties:  
  
   
Memberships:  Two member committee selected from Council Members 
Liaison:  City Administration 
Current Members:  Dave Smiglewski 
  Crystal Johnson, Ex Officio 
   
   



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