An addition to the Cherokee City Council agenda for tonight's (Monday's) city council meeting is to consider an appointment to fill a vacancy on the council.
William (Bill) Troth died last week following a sudden illness. He was last elected to the Cherokee City Council in November of 2003 for a term that began on Jan. 1, 2004 and was to expire on Dec. 31, 2007.
The city has the option of appointing someone to fill the unexpired term or of calling for a special election. In the event that a person is appointed to the position, citizens may petition to call for a special election.
The petition was have 30 signatures and be presented within 14 days of the appointment.
A special election must be held not less than 60 days from when the city informs the county that an election has been called.
If the council calls for a special election, then the seat remains vacant until after the election. If an appointment is made and then a petition for an election is filed, then the appointed person remains on the council until after the election.
If an appointement is made and there is no petition, the person appointed will serve the remainder of the term, except that a person elected to replace a person appointed to fill a vacancy assumes office immediately after the regular election in November (in this case November of 2007) rather than waiting until after Jan. 1.
Troth serve as mayor pro tem on the council, chairing council meetings in the absence of the mayor. The council members will need to choose among themselves to select a replacement for this position.
The Cherokee City Council will meet on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. at the Cherokee City Hall.
The council will consider the first presentation of an ordinance ammending the late payment charges on water bills.
In other business, the council will consider bids on water well 11 refurbishing. The engineer's estimate on repair of Indian Street will be presented.
There will be four determinations regarding abandoned or nuisance properties.
There will be discussion of city hall security issues.
The council will meet again on Feb. 28.