Liljegren joins OPH council

New council member, police officer take oaths

Edward Cass gives the oath of office to Mike Liljegren (Photo by Erik Sandin)
Retired Washington County Judge Edward Cass gives the oath of office to Mike Liljegren (Photo by Erik Sandin)

Liljegren was appointed by the council last month to fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Les Abrahamson’s April 30 resignation. Abrahamson stepped down to move to Dallas for a job promotion. Liljegren was the council’s choice to replace Abrahamson based on Liljegren’s finish in November’s general election. Liljegren had a relatively uneventful first council meeting. He was given his committee liaison assignments by Mayor Mary McComber toward the end of the hour-long session.

Also sworn in by Cass was new Oak Park Heights Police Officer Lindsey Paradise. The council approved Paradise’s hiring last month. In other actions, the council approved two separate 5K runs and waived a portion of city fees for the race organizations. The first race approved was a Boutwells Landing 5K fundraiser run from 9 to 10 a.m.
June 8.

A Presbyterian Homes spokeswoman said the race raises funds to help Boutwells residents who might be struggling financially to stay in the facility. The Boutwells race course is a one-mile loop around the Norwich Avenue campus and through Autumn Hills Park, the spokeswoman said. Participates can run or walk the course, she added. The second 5K race the council approved is 5:30 p.m. June 21 in conjunction with the opening of this year’s Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games at Stillwater Area High School’s Pony Stadium.

A SOM spokeswoman said the 5K race is a new event scheduled to start and finish at the stadium and follow off-street city trails. “We’re looking to grow this event and make it a community event,” she said. Besides approving the 5K race, the council also approved the SOM torch run into the stadium. Both organizations must make $1,000 escrow deposits to the city, but the council waived $500 impact fees, citing city policy of waiving that fee for non-profit groups’ fund-raising events.