The council unanimously appointed David Todd as a council member, effective immediately.
District 3 was previously represented by Joyce Silvers, who resigned in May.
“I have known David ever since I’ve been involved in Riverside,” Mayor Rusty Jessup said. “He is a well-educated man, and gives a lot of thought to things.”
Jessup said Todd served on the town’s Variance Board for a number of years, and is currently an alternate member of that board.
“I admired him on some of his judgment calls on the Variance Board, and would be glad to have him on the council,” Councilman Jimmy Hollander said. “He also helped out with the Riverside Celebration Day, with whatever was needed.”
Councilman Rob Hayes said Todd’s desire to serve makes him an asset for the town.
According to Todd’s application, he has lived in Riverside since 1996.
“Riverside has a lot of untapped assets and I would be honored to be a member of the team that discloses more of this potential and strives to make Riverside a ‘family oriented and friendly’ city,” the application stated. “I will work with all the departments and persons and offer any assistance I may have if you select me as the replacement.”
Todd was not present at Tuesday’s council meeting, and was unavailable for immediate comment Tuesday night.
The council also amended its tobacco tax ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting.
“The amended ordinance removes the requirement for vendors to place tobacco stamps on all tobacco products,” Jessup said.
Jessup said the tobacco tax itself was not changed, however the method for collecting that tax was changed.
“Accounting methods and procedures today are much more sophisticated than they were in the days that ‘tobacco stamps’ came into being,” he said. “We can easily track the sale of tobacco now days without the use of a cumbersome and expensive stamp to go on every single tobacco product. All we’ve done here tonight is keep up with the times. Tobacco stamps are a thing of the past.”
Also Tuesday, the council:
• Approved a street light request at the intersection of Sturkey Street and Morris Avenue, if there is no charge for installation of a pole at that location.
• Announced Riverside Town Hall will be closed on Monday, July 5 for the July 4th holiday.