SEASIDE — There were some new seating arrangements at the Seaside City Council meeting this week.
At the far left, former planning commissioner Tom Horning was the newest councilor. On the other end, a vacant council seat remained awaiting a replacement for Mayor Jay Barber, who was appointed to the city’s top spot in December after the death of former Mayor Don Larson.
City Manager Mark Winstanley administered the oath of office Monday night to two returning councilors, Randy Frank and Seth Morrisey, and one new one, Horning.
Tita Montero, the senior member of the council, was nominated and unanimously elected council president.
At his first meeting Horning reiterated a goal put forth during his campaign: enhanced tsunami preparedness.
“One of the things I’ve noticed since the election is that people are coming out of the woodwork from all over,” Horning said. “Everybody’s focusing very much toward tsunami preparedness and I think there’s a great opportunity for Seaside to lead the rest of the Coast toward a high level of preparedness.”
With an opening to fill, councilors invited residents of Ward 1 to apply for the seat formerly occupied by Barber. Barber had served two years of his four-year council term.
Applicants must live in Seaside’s Ward 1 and have resided in the city for at least one year. Candidates must submit a written questionnaire and gather at least 10 supporting signatures from Ward 1 residents.
A 30-day filing deadline is expected, Winstanley said.