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Snoqualmie Council moves to add two members

SNOQUALMIE - The city of Snoqualmie has clarified some tentative dates made to add two new council positions.

The City Council had a first reading of an ordinance at its Sept. 13 meeting that started the process of appointing two new council members.

Snoqualmie received census data in June that said the city has 5,110 residents. Wanting to make sure it was in compliance, the city checked its timeline with an official from the auditor's office, who then confirmed with the office of the state attorney general. The attorney general's office said the city had to appoint two new council members as soon as possible.

Under the proposed timeline, the City Council would approve the ordinance at its Sept. 27 meeting, a move that would appropriate the needed money to fund the positions. The council will accept the applications for the position until Oct. 18.

The interview process to fill the positions will be similar to the one taken to appoint Maria Henriksen, who filled a vacant seat left by Jay Rodne earlier this year when he was appointed to become a state representative. Henriksen was one of about a dozen applicants who were interviewed before council.

Since there will be two positions being appointed, however, the council will hold two appointment nights so that the first appointed council member does not have to turn around a few seconds later and vote on the second. The first appointment could come as early as Oct. 25.

The council members serve staggered, four-year terms up for election in odd years. Therefore, the first term for position 6, the first to be appointed, will be only two years. Position 7 will be a full four-year term.

The plan to appoint the two council members came after the city conferred with an official from the Office of the State Auditor. All cities in Washington are required to have seven-member councils once their populations hit 5,000. Snoqualmie has been fast approaching that number but believed it had more time and wanted to wait to add the new council members until January 2005 for budget reasons. The city was told by the state, however, it needed to act sooner.

* Those interested in applying for the position of City Council member should contact City Hall for materials and more information at (425) 888-1555. Snoqualmie's administrative offices are located at 8020 Railroad Ave.

Ben Cape can be reached at (425) 888-2311 or by e-mail at ben.cape@valleyrecord.com.

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