Rundell Appointed To Vacant City Council Seat

Since the beginning of the year, the Eureka City Council has been short one member, due to former council president Michael Countryman assuming the role of mayor after the resignation of Terry Doerr. In the interim, councilmembers Mark Kennedy and Brian Mills formed a committee to review applications of interested Ward Three candidates. At the council meeting last Monday, it was announced that three applications were received: Darren Rundell, James Bobey and Jason Brandt. After reviewing the applications, Kennedy and Mills recommended that Mayor Countryman appoint Rundell to fill the vacant seat. Rundell has been active on the Eureka Lake Board, and has represented the board at various council meetings in the last year. With no objections from the council, Countryman appointed Rundell, who was present at the meeting and accepted. He will be sworn in at the next council meeting on Monday, February 11.

In other business, the council voted to approve a 30-cent increase to water rates, effective May 1, 2019. The rate for water furnished within the city limits or to rural water districts will increase from $10.45 to $10.75 for 0-2,000 gallons. The next 23,000 gallons will increase from $6.15 to $6.45 per 1,000 gallons. After 25,000 gallons, the rate per 1,000 will increase from $5.25 to $5.55. The approved ordinance can be found on page 8. The last water rate increases were also 30-cents and came in July 2016. At their next meeting, the council will consider an increase to current sewer rates.

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