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Eight residents applied for just three open positions on Molalla's budget committee.

Molalla City Council had to make a difficult decision when a whopping eight residents applied to be on the budget committee. There were just three vacancies.

"I don't think we've ever been faced with such a difficult decision," Council President Leota Childress said. "It's easy when you have three positions, and one applies. This is nice for a change."

At its meeting Wednesday, March 24, the council first reappointed Rory Cramer to the committee.

When asked what he likes about serving, he said, "You guys. I enjoy it actually. I look at numbers for a living anyhow, so it's kind of fun to see where money goes here in Molalla."

Then the council discussed the eight applying for the three vacancies. They were Eric Vermillion, Roxie Smith, Debbie Cooke, Juan Aguilar, Lisa Haffey, Sheila Howe, Jacob Giberson and Ed Weishan.

Councilor Jody Newland opened the conversation.

"There are multiples that I would like to keep more than our three positions that we have available," she said, "but I really like the idea of bringing some of these people that are interested in being involved in the city that have not had any involvement so far and are doing a ton of things already."

Councilor Steve Deller came in with a suggestion.

"I serve on the budget committee for the school board," Deller said. "So, one of the things I want to look at is people that have experience in budgets, it's a good thing, but also having people that aren't doing budgets all the time can add perspective to the group. So, I'd like to see a mix."

With that, he suggested Haffey as a good candidate who has experience with budgets and Juan Aguilar who could provide a different perspective. Aguilar is an ironworker with an interest in learning about budgets, he said. Deller offered Vermillion, who has applied with the city before, as his other top choice.

Then one by one the councilors named off their top three candidates, and they totaled the votes.

Six had listed Haffey in their top three, five had listed Aguilar, five had listed Vermillion and on down from there.

So, the board unanimously voted to appoint those three to the budget committee.

Councilor Elizabeth Klein expressed hope that the others would still participate with the city in some capacity.

"I would love to have every single one of you participate in some of our other projects we have going on," Klein said, "especially with visioning because we've got things that are starting to stack up that are going to be really fun to get involved with. So, I hope you don't think this is like a no to having you involved."

Kristen Wohlers
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