Town to seat new mayor, council members

By Rene De La Cruz
STAFF WRITER

It will be a busy night in Apple Valley, as the Town Council selects a new mayor, seats two new council members and bids farewell to another.

The council will swear-in candidate winners Art Bishop and Larry Cusack, and Mayor Barb Stanton will give up her seat during the last meeting of the year on Tuesday.

Nothing is certain, but the mayoral seat could be taken by Bishop, who received the most votes during the November election, or Mayor Pro Tem Curt Emick may slide up to the top spot with Bishop taking the second seat.

Only 106 votes separated Bishop and Cusack during the race, with Bishop receiving 27.90 percent of the vote, according to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

After eight years at the dais, including one term as mayor, Councilman Rick Roelle will step down after choosing to run for the county’s 1st District Supervisor position in November, which he lost to Robert Lovingood.

After the swearing-in ceremony, the council will finally have five members, after Ginger Coleman stepped down from her mayor pro tem position to pursue work in the San Diego area in July.

After a heated meeting in August, the council was split in their decision to fill the fifth seat until the November election.

The council will also discuss the leasing of Town Hall office space to U.S. Congressman-elect Paul Cook, who contacted the town in November about a two-year lease for Cook’s 8th Congressional District Office.

If approved, Cook’s office will lease 1,302 square feet at $690 a month beginning Jan. 3.

The council will also discuss an amendment that deals with mobile food facilities, after the county allowed hot food truck vendors in more areas throughout the county.

In June, the council moved to have the planning commission develop a code amendment that would set perimeters for mobile food vendors within the town.

These items are up for discussion during the meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway. Prior to the meeting, the Town Council will host its annual Christmas Holiday Tea at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting’s agenda and live streaming video will be available online at AppleValley.org.