Death leaves opening on council

Bayport seeks applicants for Ostertag’s seat


BAYPORT — Bayport officials are accepting applications from residents interested in filling a city council seat left vacant following the December death of Councilman Mark Ostertag.
City Administrator Mitch Berg said the council declared Ostertag’s seat vacant Jan. 7, slightly more than one week after Ostertag died at age 31,
A spokeswoman for Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Services in Stillwater, which handled Ostertag’s funeral arrangements, said Ostertag died Dec. 22. Ostertag’s funeral was held Dec. 27 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale and he is buried at Hazelwood Cemetary in Bayport.
The city is now accepting applications to fill the seat left by Ostertag, Berg said.
“In the past, the council has simply appointed someone through the open application process,” Berg said. “This particular situation will go through that same process as well.”
Berg said that any Bayport resident interested in applying for Ostertag’s old council seat can get an application at Bayport city hall or on the city’s website. Persons applying online through the city’s website should click on board vacancies and employment to find the application and instructions. Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Feb.
“After that process, there will be an interview conducted at our March 4 City Council meeting,” Berg said. “The applicants will explain to the council why they’re interested in the position and council may decide at the meeting or at another subsequent meeting.”
The person selected to fill the vacant seat will serve a term ending Dec. 31, 2014.