Still saddened by the loss of long-time council member Ruby Romine, Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri recommended Tuesday, Jan. 18, that Delores Reeves be appointed to serve the rest of Romines term.
The council unanimous agreed.
Romine was killed in a traffic accident in Marshall Jan. 3.
Allegri said Reeves was a good friend to Romine and had worked with her on a number of projects over the years.
"I know it's going to be difficult shoes to fill," Allegri said. "But I think (Reeves) would be a good person to take her place."
Reeves' term will expire in April 2012.
Other council seats will be up for election in April, and the filing period to be on the ballot closed Tuesday.
On the ballot, in Ward 3, will be incumbent Ron Monnig and challengers Frank Dolezal and Nathan McFarlane. In wards 1, 2 and 4 incumbents Matt Campbell, Brownell Bryant and Terry Jordan will run unopposed.
The rest of the agenda covered less somber topics.
The first bit of good news was announced by Allegri, who said Casey's General Store officials had agreed to voluntarily have their new store annexed by the city.
"We welcome them and we're excited about them joining the city of Slater," Allegri said.
City Attorney Pat Cronin said there were still a few steps to take before the annexation would go into effect. A public hearing will be held, followed by a two-week period in which residents can submit written objections if they choose.
After that, the council can consider an ordinance making the annexation official.
In other business, Allegri said he thought city crews did a good job removing snow last week, when the area received about 6 inches of snow. According to the forecast, plows will be on the streets again this week.
He noted that plows do not remove snow all the way down to the asphalt because to do so would damage the streets.
Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said if residents notice any streets that were missed following a snow storm they should call city hall and plows will be sent out to remedy the situation.
Allegri also announced that Griffith has successful applied for another grant, this one worth $260,000 for extending the city's walking trail.
Griffith said engineering work would be done during 2011, and construction would probably be done in 2012.
Allegri noted that Griffith has brought more than $1 million into the city recently by writing successful grants.
One fatality after two-vehicle crash:
City of Slater loses council member in accident:
Ruby J. Romine: