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The new face on the Riverside City Council is familiar.
The council appointed Ralph Schnoebelen to fill the term vacated by Rob Weber.
Schnoebelen is a long-term former councilman, who was voted out in the November 2017 general election where newcomer Andy Rodgers was the top vote getter with 116 votes.
Tom Sexton was re-elected to his seat with 107 votes, and Schnoebelen was three votes behind Sexton.
Schnoebelen’s appointment came on a 3-1 vote with Sexton voting no.
Earlier Sexton had made a motion to appoint Kevin Mills to the position, but the motion died when no one else would second it.
Schnoebelen, Mills and Edgar McGuire had expressed interest in the seat, which opened when Weber moved from Riverside.
The term runs through December 2019.
Schnoebelen, who was first elected to the council in the 1960s, was endorsed by former Mayor Bill Poch.
“Ralph Schnoebelen has been out front and taken a leadership role on getting that community center,” Poch said, referring to the proposed community center on the city’s northern border, west of Highland Elementary School.
Poch highlighted Schnoebelen’s knowledge of city infrastructure.
“Ralph can tell you to this day things about the water and sewer that others don’t know,” he said.
Although he voted against Schnoebelen’s appointment, Sexton said all of the candidates had good credentials.
“I don’t think any of the three would be a bad choice to fill the position,” Sexton said. “The two others may bring fresh ideas to the table.”
After the vote, Schnoebelen took Weber’s seat at the council table and began voting on agenda items.
Riverside residents may contest Schnoebelen’s appointment by requesting a special election.
A petition for a special election would need to be filed with the city clerk by Sept. 18, 14 days following the appointment.
The council does have an opening on its Planning and Zoning Commission. Mayor Allen Schneider said he would talk with Mills and McGuire about filling that position.