Claremore Daily Progress

July 17, 2013

Council seeks to fill Ward 2 vacancy

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE —

The Claremore City Council is accepting applications for a new Ward 2 council member.
The council voted on Monday night to accept the resignation of Thomas Cypert and to begin the process on filling the vacancy.
“We ask that interested parties submit applications to city clerk Sarah Clark,” said Mayor Mickey Perry.
The council scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. on July 22 at City Hall and requests that applicants submit applications by close of business to the clerk prior to the meeting. 
Interested citizens can submit a letter of intent with a resume along with the application for the position.
The procedure for filling the vacancy is that the council has the option to appoint someone to fill the position until the next election within 30 days of the vacancy.
“If the vacancy is not filled within 30 days, a special election will be called to fill the position,” according to city attorney Matt Ballard.
The council voted to conduct interviews during its next meeting.
Applicants will be interviewed during the open session and pending time constraints, the council will vote to fill the vacancy.
Prior to the meeting, applications are reviewed by the city clerk to insure they meet requirements listed in the city charter.
Eligible citizens be registered voters of the City of Claremore and have been residents of Ward 3 for no less than 90 days and a resident of the city for not less than six months prior to the filing period.
Council members are compensated for serving their respective capacities at the rate of $50 per meeting, including all regular, special and emergency meeting. However, such compensation will not exceed the rate of $100 per month according to the city charter. The council votes on a variety of topics including city ordinances, budgets and economic development for the city. 
Additionally, the council serves as the governing body for the City of Claremore.
Residents living within Ward 2 of the city which includes the northern boundary of Blue Starr Drive, Moore Ave. as the western border then along Will Rogers Boulevard to Seminole Street.
The area continues to the northeast including streets north of 5th Street extending to the eastern borders of the city limits.
Most residents living in the Claremont Elementary School District will be included in Ward 2.
For more information about boundaries or the position, visit the city website at  www.claremorecity.com or call the city hall at (918) 341-1325.