By Amy Berg, Staff Writer
Wendy Pederson, of Franklin, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Small Cities (MAOSC).
“I am very excited to begin this new venture,” Pederson said. “I hope that I will make a difference and hope to be a valuable resource and advocate for our small communities.”
Pederson is currently the City of Franklin’s Clerk and Treasurer, and has been in that position since 1998. Her position with MAOSC will not conflict with her current duties, as the meetings usually take place during the weekends.
MAOSC focuses on issues such as local government aid, transportation funding, and affordable housing for small cities in Minnesota.
There are over 250 cities in Minnesota that are members of MAOSC. For a city to qualify for membership, the population has to be under 5,000.
MAOSC consists of 12 regions in which there is a representative for each. These representatives make up the Board of Directors. There are also four at-large directors.
Pederson was appointed to represent Region 7, which includes counties Big Stone, Swift, Renville, Yellow Medicine, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, and Chippewa. Her term runs until June 20, 2016. Other members on the board include mayors, city council members, city treasurers, and city administrators from around the state.
The organization’s objectives are rooted in one main idea: “We all share the same goals of keeping our small cities in our rural communities a great place to live.”
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