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Deadline arrives to apply for open seat on Fairview Council

Applicants must file by Tuesday, Dec. 31; Council votes Jan. 15

The deadline for applicants to file for the open seat on the Fairview City Council is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.

According to Mayor Mike Weatherby, the remaining six councilors will interview applicants to fill former Councilor Ken Quinby’s position at a special meeting Wednesday, Jan. 8.

The Fairview Council will vote on candidates the following Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the city’s regular council meeting.

Candidates who have applied for the council position include Balwant Bhullar, Brian Cooper, Keith Kudrna and Ted Tosterud. Rumor has it other applicants may apply before the deadline hits.

Jeffrey Arnold, husband of Councilor Tami Arnold, withdrew his application to the council position Monday, Nov. 25, said Fairview City Recorder Devree Leymaster.

The councilor who takes his seat will hold the position until the next election in November 2014.

Then candidates will run to serve the remaining two years of the term.

Quinby resigned from his position on the Fairview City Council in mid-October to pursue a new sales job in Seattle.

Weatherby is anticipating the council also will vote to appoint and fill vacancies on Fairview committees and commissions in early February.

The council voted to delay committee and commission appointments at the last council meeting Dec. 4 until it has finished a review and made amendments to standardize the process for all committees.

At the Dec. 4 meeting, the council voted 3-3 on four candidates to fill two vacancies on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

Thus, no one was appointed.

Appointments to fill a single opening on Fairview’s Planning Commission also were scheduled for the Dec. 4 meeting.

Two candidates were unavailable for interviews that night, and a third candidate was not contacted, Leymaster said.

This vote also was delayed along with the rest of the committee and commission appointments.

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