Kahlotus City Council has 2 open seats

By Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldOctober 29, 2013 

The Kahlotus City Council has two positions up for grabs in the Nov. 5 general election.

Scott Williams, the incumbent for Position 1, faces challenger Michael Robitaille.

In the Position 2 race, incumbent Sharee Beckner faces challenger Marcia Robitaille.

The positions are unpaid, with four-year terms.

The Robitailles, who are mother and son, share similar views about wanting to see the city of Kahlotus grow, they say. The town's population has dwindled from 214 to 195 since 2010.

"I'd like to help bring the city into the 21st century," Michael Robitaille said. "The water system needs to be modernized so the city can expand to encourage growth."

That includes the installation of a sewer system to replace septic tanks. Robitaille, who is disabled, also wants to see the city bring the town's streets up to code to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act, he said.

His mother agrees.

"There is so much potential in Kahlotus," she said. "It's a beautiful community that I would like to see made better with a skateboard park for the kids and walking paths for everyone, including those with disabilities."

Beckner also would like to see the city work toward installing a sewer system and a skateboard park, and to eliminate a growing vandalism problem in town.

Beckner, a schoolteacher and the mother of a 3-year-old, was appointed to the council in May when a vacancy opened.

Williams, who was also appointed to the council earlier this year, could not be reached for comment.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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