Michael Moroni became the newest member of the Breezy Point City Council on Monday night, Dec. 16, at a special council meeting. He fills the seat that Scott Willer recently vacated when Willer moved out of the city in November.
Moroni is one of two residents who provided the council with a letter of interest. Gary Bakken, former council member, also turned in a letter. While the council accepted letters of interest, it wasn’t obligated to appoint a resident who had provided a letter.
The council’s vote to appoint Moroni was unanimous. Council member Tom Lillehei was absent from the meeting.
Moroni was a candidate in the 2012 election, but lost to incumbent Otto Schmid by 15 votes. He’s been on the city’s planning and zoning commission since 2008, was vice chair of that committee in 2009 and 2010 and has been chair since 2011. In February 2013 he joined the parks and recreation commission.
“I think given the election and his record in city work he’s got experience in different areas. I think it’s appropriate,” council member Diane Williams said.
“I’m glad he’s going to be seated on the council,” Schmid said.
Moroni said by phone that he’s lived in Breezy Point since 2004, when he and his wife built their first home together there. They have two children, a 4-year-old girl, Isabella, and a 3-month-old boy, Braylen James.
“I’m very excited to be part of the council,” Moroni said, noting he’s looking forward to bringing a younger perspective to the group.
Moroni can no longer serve on any commissions as a council member, as council members serve only as liaisons to those groups. The council noted that every city commission currently has vacancies. Residents are welcome to apply for those positions. Contact city hall for more information.