SEASIDE -?Candidates wishing to fill a vacancy on the Seaside City Council have until Nov. 30 to submit their applications.

The City Council agreed Monday night that it would accept applications and interview candidates in a public forum to fill the position left vacant by Gary Diebolt.

Diebolt, who represented Ward 1, resigned earlier this month, citing health problems. A local business owner who is active in community events, Diebolt said the prostate cancer that he had nine years ago had returned.

He had one more year remaining of his four-year term.

Mayor Don Larson outlined the procedure for interviewing candidates but did not set an interview date.

"We also reserve the right to not appoint a candidate to the position," Larson said, noting that the city charter allowed the Council to leave the position vacant.

In addition to a general application form, applicants also will be asked to complete two essay questions. They will write about why they think they are the best candidates and describe their future plans and interest in the Council position.

Applicants must be registered voters in Seaside and city residents at least a year immediately prior to applying for the position. They also must live in Ward 1 and continue to live there while on the council.

Applications and a resume must be turned in to City Hall no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 30.

In other business, the council:

? Approved a memo that finalizes the contract between the city and Josh Gizdavich, owner of Cleanline Surf Shop, for the sale of the old Seaside Library. Gizdavich will pay the city $409,000 and donate $100,000 in cash and equipment to the city's lifeguard program.

? Reappointed Jeff Kilday, Dana Phillips and Terry Bichsel to the Seaside Civic and Convention Center Commission.

? Heard about the American Legion's plans to conduct a Veterans' Day celebration at the bridge near the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. Contact Councilor Stubby Lyons for more information.

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