Disagreements over transportation issues and the airport commission's council liaison appointment has one Brainerd City Council member asking for the resignation of the council president.
Brainerd City Council member Bob Olson has asked fellow council member Lucy Nesheim to resign as president of the council.
In a letter sent Monday to Nesheim, Olson cited petty politics and personality issues in Nesheim's decision making.
"I would hope that you would consider resigning from your position as council president," Olson said in his letter. "We, as elected officials, have too many decisions and issues that must be made without letting your petty politics and personality issues stand in the way of moving the city of Brainerd forward."
Nesheim responded to Olson's letter Tuesday with a memo of her own, stating: "I take my job as city council president very seriously, and strive on every occasion to do what I believe is in the best interests of the citizens of Brainerd.
"It saddens me to have you frequently impugning my motives," Nesheim wrote to Olson.
Olson's claim of petty politics arose from two issues: the steering commission that Nesheim formed outside of the Brainerd Transportation Committee to represent the city in negotiating a countywide transit system and the appointment of a city council liaison to the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport Commission.
Olson claimed Nesheim formed the steering committee because she has personality conflict with him and Mary Koep, the transportation committee chair.
Nesheim said the steering committee was formed only to expedite the process of getting a countywide system established. The city council decided the transportation committee would represent the city on the countywide transit system negotiations.
The second issue involved filling the council liaison vacancy on the airport commission created by the resignation by council member Mark O'Day, who resigned from the commission because his work schedule conflicts with the airport commission meetings.
Council member Gary Scheeler had asked to be named the council liaison to the airport commission. Olson contends Nesheim blocked the airport appointment from being placed on the Nov. 20 council agenda.
In her memo to Olson, Nesheim said she didn't ask the airport appointment to be added to the Nov. 20 council agenda because she didn't have time to talk to the other council members or airport manager Steve Sievek about the appointment.
"My plan is to contact all council members regarding their interest in this appointment prior to making my decision, including Mr. Scheeler. This is following proper protocol and has nothing to do with petty politics or personality issues."
At Nesheim's request, Scheeler's appointment as council liaison to the airport commission is on the Dec. 3 city council agenda.
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