Decatur City Council to vote on new member tonight

Decatur City Council to vote on new member tonight

DECATUR–  The Decatur City Council tonight could fill the open city council seat that’s been vacant since mid-August.


Atop the agenda for tonight’s council meeting is a vote on making Christopher Funk the 7th and newest member to the council. Funk would fill the seat left vacant by Mayor Julie Moore-Wolfe when she was appointed mayor on August 17th.


City Manager Tim Gleason says the vote on Funk will be one of the first items addressed tonight, and if he is voted in, Funk will become a voting member immediately, “A majority of council told me to put this item on the agenda so I’m going to assume that Funk will have the votes tonight and upon that vote, Chris Funk would be an active voting member on tonight’s remaining agenda.”


In addition to the possible appointment of Funk, the Council will also consider approving a study of the city’s sanitary sewer system that will allow them to make repairs necessitated to the system by the US EPA.


Gleason says the previous study, while thorough, is 5 years old, “We just need an updated study to comply with the stipulations the EPA has listed.”


Gleason says the study is the first part of a multi-year project that will see a large portion of the city’s sanitary sewer system replaced or renovated, “We knew this was coming for a while now, we were contacted in 2012 and have been working on what we can in-house for a couple years. This is just the next step to make our sewer system compliant to EPA regulations.”


Gleason says the rehabilitation project will address sections of the sewer that can become backed up in times of heavy rain or extreme weather.


The Decatur City Council will meet tonight at 5:30 inside the Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of the Decatur Civic Center.