Two positions to the Joseph City Council have been filled by Grady Bronson and Gary Logosz,the two Joseph residents who received the most write-in votes in the recent general election.
Their election was contingent on whether or not they would accept the positions, and the Tuesday, Dec. 4, council meeting Joseph City Recorder Noma McDaniel announced acceptance of their write-in election results at Bronson, an employee of Wallowa County Grain Growers, received 12 write-ins, while Logosz received nine. Logosz has already been serving on the council since he was appointed to fill a vacancy in May, 2001, but did not file to run for his own term. Bronson and Logosz will be sworn in to fill four year terms at the Jan. 7 council meeting.
Because Jennifer Ballard, the only candidate named and elected on the November ballot, is already serving on the council after being appointed early this year, McDaniel noted that her current position with a term that expires at the end of 2004, will become vacant in January. The council agreed that letters should be sent to the seven persons who received four write-in votes to find out who among them would be willing to serve on the council. They are Heather Tyreman, Cathy Maben, Tim Nitz, Stewart Jones, Tanya Collier, Bob Geller and Catherine Matthias.
During the meeting, the Joseph council turned down a conditional use permit application from Robert Dawson, who wanted to establish a photo studio and publishing company in the city's industrial zone.
Dawson was represented at the meeting by Shirly Bothum, who said under questioning that neither printing or binding would probably be done on site. Councilor Tim Niz moved that the application be turned down based on the request not fitting criteria to be in the industrial zone. The motion was approved unanimously.
In a public hearing to amend Joseph's zoning ordinance, the height of building in the commercial zone was changed to 30 feet restricted to property on the highway and behind the lot east or west of the property, and 25 feed in commercial zones off the main highway. The second reading of the amended ordinance was scheduled at 6:30 p.m. at Joseph City Hall.