Marquette approves Moyna for full-time position
By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
The Marquette City Council appointed Katrina Moyna as the city’s first business and tourism director/environmental education coordinator at the Dec. 9 city council meeting. Moyna is the director of the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre and has served as the city’s tourism and economic development coordinator since she was hired on a part-time basis in August. At its Nov. 19 meeting, the council discussed offering Moyna a full-time position, but tabled the issue in order to further consider and learn about the coordinator’s hours and duties. After that meeting, the city also posted the position, receiving only one application—Moyna’s.
Councilmembers Tracy Melver, Jim Meana, Jason Winter and Rinda Ferguson approved of Moyna’s full-time hiring. Councilwoman Mary Jo Pirc was absent. Moyna’s full-time position will officially begin on Jan. 1, 2014, with her time split between the Wetlands Centre and the city’s economic development and tourism promotion. As Marquette’s business and tourism director/environmental education coordinator, Moyna will be responsible for managing all of the activities and administrative duties associated with the marketing of the city of Marquette and the Wetlands Centre. She will also be responsible for the operation of the Wetlands Centre and its overall strategic direction.
Overlook Renovation Project
The council also approved the final plans and cost estimate for the city’s overlook renovation project. The final cost estimate for the project, which includes the construction of a scenic overlook and shelter, bluff stairs and boardwalk, is $620,452. The plans are available for viewing at city hall. The project will be let by the state in February and construction should begin in April.
At the meeting, Mayor Norma Mason also took time to recognize some community members for their volunteer efforts and dedication to the community. Carlyle Reeg, of Monona, received the Volunteer of the Year Award for his support of the Wetlands Centre and the Friday Night Live farmers market. Mason said, this year, Reeg put in 267 hours at the centre and helped out at 21 farmers markets, accounting for a total of 339 volunteer hours. Mason also recognized councilwoman Rinda Ferguson with an Outstanding Service Award and councilman Tracy Melver with a Certificate of Dedication.
As it was Melver’s final council meeting, he took the time to thank the council for its support and said it had been a pleasure serving with them. He also wished the council-elects good luck. City Manager Dean Hilgerson commended Melver for asking the tough questions throughout his time on the council, as well as for his work in keeping the city moving forward.