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Valesano hired CF city manager

CRYSTAL FALLS—At the monthly meeting of the Crystal Falls City Council held March 11, one of the more significant topics discussed came near the end of the proceedings when the council went into closed session. When the doors were opened, the council voted to approve the hire of Gerard Valesano as the city’s new city manager.
    Valesano, who will officially begin his employment in early April, will replace Patrick Reagan, who has accepted a similar position downstate. The hire was approved unanimously, less an abstention vote from council member Maria Peterson, who is Valesano’s daughter.
    The council also thanked and bid farewell to Reagan during the meeting.
    “You brought organization and professionalism to this city,” Mayor Pro-Tem Michael McCarthy said.
    The council approved a resolution to recognize Electric Supervisor David Graff as liaison to negotiate an off-license extension for the city’s hydroelectric project. The standard license for this project is 25 years, and the city’s license is set to expire in 2025. The off-license extension, if successful, will extend the current license 15 years through 2040, and will help to defer the costs of an extremely expensive process.
    “You’re probably talking anywhere from $250,000 to $750,000,” Graff said of potential costs involved with a standard relicensing. “We spent nearly $500,000 licensing the first time.”

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