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CEDAR LAKE — Randy Niemeyer has been re-elected Cedar Lake Town Council president at the Town Council's first meeting of the year.

A large portion of that meeting was taken up with yearly council business decisions, including approving a slate of candidates for boards and commissions.

The council also welcomed its newest member, Richard Sharpe, of Ward 7. The freshman council member is now the sole Democrat in what had been a solidly Republican board.

Returning Councilman Greg Parker, starting his third term in office, was elected vice president. The council also approved the appointment of its members to various committees.

Niemeyer, Ward 5, Julie Rivera, Ward 3, and Ralph Miller, Ward 4, will serve on the Public Works and Safety Committee. Those same three will also serve on Parks and Recreation.

John Foreman, Ward 2, Niemeyer and Robert Carnahan, Ward 1, were tapped for Redevelopment. Parker, Foreman and Sharpe will serve on Planning. The Council Affairs Committee will consist of Niemeyer, Miller and Parker. Ecosystem Restoration will be staffed by Rivera, Carnahan and Foreman. The Utility Committee will consist of Miller, Foreman and Carnahan.

Foreman, Parker and Carnahan were appointed to the Street Committee. Miller and Sharpe have been named to the Joint Oversight Management Board. Carnahan received new appointments to the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and Lake County Solid Waste. Miller will be the liaison to South County Community Development.

At that meeting, council members were also reminded the town has yet to find a replacement for its citizen appointment on the Ethics Advisory Commission.

Former appointee Marilyn Kaper resigned last year for business reasons, and the town will have to set its sights on finding her replacement.

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