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Thomson Township supervisor to resign

Thomson Township Supervisor Jason Paulson announced his resignation to the township, and said it comes after increased responsibility at his job.

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The Thomson Township Hall.
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ESKO — Thomson Township Supervisor Jason Paulson announced his resignation from the township board during a meeting Thursday, Aug. 4.

Paulson said, in a letter submitted to the township, the decision to resign came after increased responsibility at work, where he is a pilot, and being unable to dedicate as much time as he would like to the community.

Paulson said the increase in air travel and a change of airline has resulted in him working more and being unable to attend meetings.

"I simply will not have time to (devote) to the community," he said.

Paulson said he hopes his resignation offers the opportunity to someone who can regularly attend meetings and make the difference he had hoped to.

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"I am truly grateful, humbled, to have served this community for six years with my fellow supervisors," he said. "I am so proud to have served with you."

With the resignation effective Aug. 31, Township Clerk Rhonda Peleski said the township now needs to appoint someone to finish out the two years of Paulson's term.

The board approved a motion of posting for the position and allowing those interested to apply for the vacancy until the Sept. 1.

Board Supervisor Tony Compo said then the board can have a discussion at its first meeting in September on how it wants to move forward with prospective applicants and if interviews are needed.

Paulson also resigned from his position on the Cloquet Area Fire District Board for the same reason.

Fellow Township Supervisor Terry Hill is the alternate for the Carlton County position, but said he did not want to hold the regular position.

Paulson's position on the fire district board represents portions of Thomson Township and Twin Lakes Township, and a new board member would need to be agreed upon by both townships.

The board also voted to change its meeting dates in September to Sept. 8 and Sept. 22, instead of the normal first and third Thursday of the month.

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The board decided on the change as a way to avoid scheduling issues on a sewer rate presentation it had to postpone.

The presentation will be held during the Sept. 8 meeting, and will be recorded for those who are not able to attend.

A public hearing on the proposed new sewer rates will be held once the ordinance is drafted.

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