FONTANELLE — Rex McDowall announced recently he will be leaving the Fontanelle City Council, citing personal reasons for the move.
McDowall said he and his wife, Judy, lived away from their hometown for several years. After they’ve been back, McDowall, who filled a vacancy when he joined the council about two years ago, saw the opportunity to serve as one that would allow him to give back to his hometown he loves.
“For me, it was a little bit of payback. We’ve lived here for 25 years or so. We grew up here and were gone for 25 or 30 years and then moved back 25 or 26 years ago,” McDowall said. “It’s a little bit of payback to the city and to be aware of what’s going on and help the decision making.
“This is our hometown. They say you can’t come home, but yeah you can. We enjoy the quieter pace of life and that type of thing. We’re retired to a certain extent — we do the jam sales that we do out of our house.”
The process of replacing McDowall on the council will be started at the February meeting, scheduled for Feb. 8.
In other city business, the council:
• Heard a report from city superintendent Bob Rubio that the sewer project is on pace to begin again in late February or early March, once the weather improves again.
• Held a public hearing and entered into a resolution for a sewer loan and disbursement agreement.
• Decided to have the second test well drilled and to invest in Fontanelle’s water plant.
* Appointed Jade Zimmerline as an alternate on the Emergency Management commission with Dixie Dukes as second alternate.