POWERS — The Powers City Council appointed two new members to fill open seats during a special meeting Wednesday.
Councilors reviewed three applications for the positions and appointed Jeff Allred and Debbie North to the council.
The unexpired terms of Laural Dudley and Donna Freeman opened when the two stepped down just weeks apart earlier this year. Their terms are set to run through 2022.
During the meeting, councilors interviewed applicants for the positions from a list of questions about key city issues.
Both newly appointed individuals noted that public safety and economic development in the city were areas they hoped to see improved.
“I think it’s pretty obvious, our public safety departments are lacking in manpower,” Allred told councilors. “Besides public safety, I’d say economic development would be something we need to work on.”
Allred suggested the city should look to expand its recreational offerings to help attract visitors to town.
“I think if we can bring the people, we can bring business. Somehow we’ve got to figure out how to get people up here,” he said.
North pointed to the city’s businesses, saying the downtown area could represent an opportunity for revitalization.
“There’s a lot that can happen here,” North said.
Councilors pointed to North’s experience in business as an asset to the council. She spent several years managing a radio station and other businesses, according to the resume she filed with her application for the council.
She also told councilors her grant-writing experience would be an asset.
For Allred, councilors noted his Navy and Forest Service experience which could be assets to the city.
Both new councilors will attend their first meeting in March and serve the city as it continues to search for a new police chief, fix long-term issues with its wastewater system and consider the construction of a new civic building, among other projects.