City seeking qualified candidates for Ward 1 council member

By Marj Frew

The first city council meeting of 2020, held Wednesday, January 8, was held without a councilman from Ward 1. The council is seeking interested people who would be qualified to be appointed to the position left vacant with the passing of Chuck Gotheridge. The seat may also be left open until the upcoming election held on April 14. Councilman Walter York was absent, with all other members present.

Others in attendance included City Attorney Sarah Frankenstein, County Commissioner Judd Schomp,  States Attorney Sarah Harris, Police Chief Brandon Petersen, Joyce Wilson, Gloria Claussen, Jay Yohner, Bill Kuxhaus, Officer Nate Eisenmenger, Marj Frew, Alberto Salomon Jr., and Lacreek District Chair Donna Lamont.

The council approved combining the upcoming April 14 election with the city and school.

Public comment included comments by Commissioner Schomp, who informed the council that at the commissioner’s meeting held earlier in the day, the county approved the joint resolution, which provides for the city to use the county’s holding facility. The council approved the updated agreement, with clarifications, with Mayor Gary Rayhill signing.

Schomp also informed the council that the county has formed a new board section, for city relations, where a designated commissioner will attend city meetings, with the intent of improving relations between the city and county, and to promote projects beneficial to both. He also invited any member to also attend the county meetings.

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