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Mill City council voting to fill two vacancies

The Mill City City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to confirm two appointees to its body during the Nov. 14 regular meeting after a pair of recent council resignations.

Former Councilor Jason Saari resigned Aug. 30 after moving from Mill City to Gates, and former Councilor Brett Katlong resigned Oct. 24 to focus more on his business and other volunteer positions.

Applications for Saari’s seat were due Nov. 1 and Katlong’s seat Nov. 7. As of press time four applications had been submitted.

Mayor Tim Kirsch told The Canyon Weekly both former councilors served well and their participation on the council will be missed.

“I hated to see both of them go,” said Kirsch. “They were both very good, very thoughtful and community-minded.”

Under city policy, Kirsch will select appointees for the positions and the council will be asked to confirm the appointments.

Kirsch said he will be looking for a candidate who knows the area and local history, and who is willing to speak their mind without forcing an agenda. 

He said an appointee will also need an open-minded attitude and be willing to work with an existing team.

“I’ve enjoyed having a cohesive council for a number of years now and hopefully the newcomers are going to take the learning curve and join right in with us,” said Kirsch.

With the council back to five voting members, it will continue to pursue projects such as expansion of the city’s sewer plant and storm drain improvements. While the council was able to conduct business with only three members, all three had to be present to form a quorum. Kirsch said that did not become a hindrance as they waited to fill the seats.

Saari was first elected to the council in 2022. He said he was inspired to participate in civic leadership after teaching civics at Santiam Jr./Sr. High School for nearly a decade and feeling like it was his turn to become involved.

Katlong was first elected to the council in 2016 out of a desire to give back to the community where he grew up. He was honored as Young Adult Citizen of the Year in 2022 by the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce for his volunteerism and the role of his business, B&B Excavating, in wildfire recovery.

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