MARISA AGHA, Pioneer Press
January 31, 2003

Roseville is assembling a task force of 150 people to study the need for primaries for key city elections.

The terms of Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn and Council Member Dean Maschka are up this year. Neither has announced whether he will run again.

In a 3-2 vote this week, the council approved the creation of a task force to consider the need for a primary, an issue that was raised by Kysylyczyn.

"I don't know if we want more than 150 people in this room," Kysylyczyn said at this week's council meeting. "It kind of starts to get crowded, and we don't want to get in trouble with the fire chief and stuff like that."

Kysylyczyn said this study would be similar to the city's look at whether to switch to even-year elections, which the council decided to do last year.

"I think we should let the people speak on the issue," Kysylyczyn said.

Kysylyczyn and Council Members Tom Kough and Greg Schroeder voted in favor of the task force. Council Members Maschka and Craig Klausing dissented.

As of late Thursday, 47 people had called City Hall to serve, including several members of the Roseville Citizens Council for Fair and Open Government, a group calling for Kysylyczyn's resignation. The city will continue to accept members until there are 150 people, city officials said. Call (651) 490-2206 if you wish participate. The group's first meeting likely will be in late February.

In addition, the council voted 3-2 to create a task force to study compensation for elected officials. Based on that group's findings, Kysylyczyn plans to bring forward a proposal in a couple of months.

Marisa Agha can be reached at magha@pioneerpress.com or (651) 292-1892.

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