Three year Newport Planning Commissioner and four year City Councilor Lon Brusselback says he’s going to take his retirement from contracting a bit more seriously and hang up his city council name plate. He’s not running for re-election.
Brusselback says he’s pleased with his years in public service; on the city council especially. He said he was most proud to be among those that helped to develop the Georgia Pacific franchise fee ordinance that gave the city the ability to begin analyzing what quality of effluent from the Georgia Pacific paper mill in Toledo is depositing just offshore from Newport’s Nye Beach. Brusselback says, “Now we can know with greater certainty what they’re releasing out there.”
Brusselback said he learned a lot about civic life and general governance, how things work. But now, he says, he’s ready to do more traveling, more poetry writing and more fully enjoying his retirement. He said he just returned from an extensive excursion throughout the American Southwest and “it was most enjoyable. I want to do more.” He said he just acquired a “near new” Air Stream 19 footer and he can’t wait to get it on the road.
As for the rest of the council, councilor Jeff Bertuleit’s seat is open but he’s trying to retain elected office by filing for mayor since Mayor Mark McConnell declined to run for re-election. The only unknown in the equation so far is City Council Dean Sawyer who has not indicated whether he’ll seek re-election. He’s currently out of town on vacation with his family.
City Clerk Recorder Peggy Hawker says there is technically four positions on the city council that citizens can file for; the councilor seats held by Dean Sawyer, Jeff Bertuleit and Lon Brusselback plus the mayor’s seat. At the moment Hawker says she has four candidates who have filed with one more in the wings. Hawker says the city is exploring legal issues as to whether the one in the wings can legally file. She lives in both Corvallis and Newport. Hawker says she doesn’t know if the woman can file since she’s registered to vote in Corvallis. Hawker says the city is seeking guidance from the city attorney.