Cas­taic town coun­cil spot open

The Signal - - News - By Crys­tal Duan Sig­nal Staff Writer

All open seats on the Cas­taic Area Town Coun­cil that were up for elec­tion have been filled, save for one, ac­cord­ing to coun­cil Pres­i­dent Jes­sica Cham­bers.

No ap­pli­ca­tions were sub­mit­ted for an open seat on the coun­cil rep­re­sent­ing Re­gion V, the seat pre­vi­ously held by Coun­cil­man Hal Neff.

Ap­pli­ca­tions to fill his seat will be ac­cepted in Jan­uary 2019, with more de­tails to be an­nounced, Cham­bers said.

The elec­tion to de­ter­mine the lead­er­ship of the five Cas­taic re­gions was orig­i­nally sup­posed to be held Nov. 10 at the Cas­taic Li­brary. But due to the fact that there were no op­po­nent ap­pli­ca­tions for Re­gions I, II, III and IV, the elec­tion was can­celled.

Cham­bers said only one ap­pli­ca­tion each was sub­mit­ted to fill the open seats of Re­gion III Coun­cil­man Lloyd Carder and Re­gion II Coun­cil­woman and Vice Pres­i­dent Bon­nie Niko­lai, both of whom who did not seek re-elec­tion.

Their re­place­ments will be Cas­taic res­i­dents Dou­glas Roberts, a Farmer’s In­sur­ance agent in Cas­taic, and Erik Larsen, Cham­bers said.

Cham­bers her­self, who rep­re­sents Re­gion I, and Bob Lewis, who rep­re­sents Re­gion IV, ran for re-elec­tion un­op­posed.

The 10-mem­ber coun­cil has elec­tions every two years, with each term last­ing four years. Thus half of the coun­cil is up for re-elec­tion at a time, while the other half fin­ishes out their term.

Once can­di­dates are elected in November, they take of­fice in Jan­uary, Cham­bers said.

“I’ve thor­oughly en­joyed work­ing with the coun­cil to make the com­mu­nity bet­ter,” she said. “I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing that work.”

Niko­lai said she is stepping down as vice pres­i­dent be­cause she will be ex­pect­ing her fourth child in April and wants to de­vote time to moth­er­hood.

“I have thor­oughly en­joyed serv­ing my com­mu­nity,” she said. “Be­ing on the coun­cil is a pro­found learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I have gained a lot of knowl­edge and friends along the way. And I know the next per­son taking my seat will do a good job, be­cause I don’t be­lieve some­body who does not love this com­mu­nity would be on this coun­cil. It’s a la­bor of love, and I’ve been hon­ored to do it.”

Sig­nal file photo

Ap­pli­ca­tions to fill a seat on the Cas­taic Area Town Coun­cil will be ac­cepted in Jan­uary 2019. No ap­pli­ca­tions were sub­mit­ted for the open seat on the coun­cil rep­re­sent­ing Re­gion V. The town coun­cil meets Wed­nes­days at the Cas­taic Union School Dis­trict build­ing.

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