North Bend Eagle



Kluthe sworn in to City Council

by Nathan Arneal
published 12/10/08

A changing of the guard of sorts took place at the Dec. 2 City Council meeting.

After the Council reviewed the official election results from Nov. 4, Jeff Kluthe was sworn in as North Bend’s newest councilmember. Kevin Ferguson also recited the oath of office for his first full term after being a mid-term appointment.

Mark Johnson, who is leaving the council after five years of service, was thanked for his time and efforts by Mayor Karan Legler.

Included with the election results was the failure of proposed city ordinance 478, which would have banned water fluoridation. Without the ordinance, the city will be required to fluoridate its water within a year.

Legler then made the following department appointments: health and safety- Ferguson; pool and park- Al Wochnick; auditorium- Renee Rasmussen; water and sewer- Kluthe.

Larry Hilliard was also re-appointed as the city’s maintenance supervisor and Theresa Busse was appointed city clerk.

Kluthe was then elected council president. JEO Consulting Group of Wahoo was appointed as the city engineer on a 3-1 vote with Wochnick dissenting.

In other council business:

• Kent Speicher of Erickson and Brooks accounting firm went over an audit of the city’s budget. Speicher said the city is doing very well, and took in $177,000 in sales tax, when only $140,000 was expected.

In the past year North Bend made its last payment on a 2002 refunding bond, leaving the city with two outstanding bonds: a $1.28 million water bond and a $278,000 bond for sewer construction.

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