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Ronan to fill vacant city council positions

RONAN — On Monday at the first Ronan City Council meeting of 2010, the council addressed the vacancy of two city council member positions. Recently elected Keoki Lopez Devictoria sent a letter of resignation, and council member Richard Jungers passed away last week. 

“We’ve lost a good friend and council member, and we have to address this,” Mayor Kim Apperspach said of Jungers. 

The council decided to advertise the vacancies in the local papers. Applicants must be residents of ward one or ward three. 

In other business, members of the Ronan Police Department were present to discuss the transfer of general funds to establish a Drug Fund Account. In October of 2006 the police department sold a confiscated Ford Mustang and deposited $1,826 into the city’s general fund. Originally, the money from the sale should have been deposited into a specific fund. The council moved to establish a drug fund account and transfer the Ford Mustang funds from the general fund to the drug fund account. Members of the council also discussed authorizing a levy that would benefit the Ronan Fire Department Relief Association Disability and Pension Fund. 

The voter-approved levy may be imposed up to 10 mil and would not appear on tax bills until next November. Currently the fund is at 60 percent of what the state statue said was adequate funding.

The council moved to table the motion until enough information was available for the council to make a decision regarding the levy’s authorization. 

In other business, Aipperspach was sworn in as mayor. Council members Marcia Ganieany and Penny Ross were also sworn in as council members.

The next regular Ronan City Council meeting will be Feb. 8.

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