Council appoints new councilor


Brooke Moncrief Langerman, 24, is the newest member of the Joseph City Council.

Langerman was unanimously appointed by the council at its Thursday, April 4, meeting to finish out the final two years of the term of Candi Staigle, who recently resigned because of a move outside the city limits.

The new council member is a 2006 graduate of Joseph High School and works at Sterling Bank. She said she was very involved in high school activities as a student in Joseph, and now wants to become more active in the community.

The council also accepted the resignation of another council member, Andrew Esquibel, who was elected last November and sworn in at the first meeting in January. He said in a letter that he was resigning because of a move to Enterprise.While the city still has one application on file, the council agreed to allow additional residents to apply for appointment to complete Esquibel’s term of almost four years. City residents who are interested in serving on the council are asked to stop by or call city hall, 541-432-3832.

In other action at the meeting, the council appointed Kathy Bingham and Rod Clark to the Joseph budget committee.The recycling bins which were removed from Joseph’s public parking lot last year because of people dumping household garbage there will soon be back. The city has installed surveillance equipment with several cameras in the lot, and the recycling bins will be returned by the county later this month, when surveillance warning signs are ready to install.

After discussion of a noise complaint by a neighbor, Joseph Fire Chief Tom Clevenger agreed to look into the cost of putting up a sound-barrier wall in front of a back-up generator outside Joseph Fire Hall. The generator, which was formerly located at the Umatilla Chemical Depot, automatically runs about a half-hour Friday mornings. So far the department hasn’t been able to re-program the generator to a different time.

The city is preparing for a Joseph Clean-up Day on May 1. This year the residents will be able to dispose of paint, computers and property debris, as well as tire and appliances, according to councilor George Ballard, who is chairing the effort.

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