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City takes applications for Council job

River Falls decided at the April 23 City Council meeting to fill a vacancy on the council by accepting applications until May 15, holding interviews then appointing one of the candidates to fill the seat until the term expires in April 2014.

Sitting at-large Council Member David Cronk ran successfully for the District 1 seat after former multiple-term council member Tom Caflisch declined to run for re-election in District 1 this year.

The City Council decided at its meeting that the best way to fill the seat was to not hold a special election that would cost taxpayer money and only fill the seat until April 2014.

The vacant seat leaves six city council members who can potentially vote in a 3-3 tie. If they did, the usually non-voting mayor casts the tiebreaking vote. Mayor Dan Toland could also veto whatever decision the Council makes on filling the seat; it could then override the mayor's veto with five votes.

The council and mayor set a goal of voting someone into the job soon, possibly at the May 28 meeting.

River Falls posted the application to its web site: A copy of it is also attached to this story.