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Ward 3 vacancy filled

By Staff | Nov 8, 2019

As of Monday evening, Rugby’s Ward 3 has two representatives on the City Council.

The council voted Monday evening to approve the nomination of Frank LaRocque to fill the vacant seat in Ward 3.

Originally held by Matt Lunde – who was elected to an unexpired two-year term-the seat was vacated in June when he sent a letter stating he was “reluctantly resigning.”

Ward 3 Councilman Joel Berg presented the nomination to the council, stating Larocque was a “respected citizen of the community.”

Ward 1 Councilwoman Jackie Albrecht questioned LaRocque on why he wanted to be on the council and if he had any special interests. LaRocque indicated his desire to serve.

Mayor Sue Steinke administered the oath of office to LaRocque after the vote.

Other actions

– Dan Corum, owner of 3rd Street Station; Steve Mattern, owner of Northside Lounge; Pierce County Fair Board President Don Jelsing and others met with the council to discuss policing concerns.

Corum stated he believes he has “a case where I’ve been treated differently” as far as ordinances are applied. Jelsing expressed concerns about the fair losing attendance and donors due to over-policing on the fairgrounds.

– The council voted to rescind the second reading of Ordinances 418 and 419, which would change city beer and liquor ordinances.

– The council held a public hearing on the community development block grant for the city’s comprehensive land use plan and approved a statement of commitment by a 4-3 vote (Ward 1 Councilman Bruce Allen Rheault was absent).

– The council approved October meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and the Municipal Judge’s report.

– Tribune Staff Report

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