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Quinday Named Russell City Manager, Water Deal Reached

Jon QuindayInterim Russell City Manager Jon Quinday will officially remove the "interim" tag from his title on January 19 after the Russell City Council voted Tuesday to offer him a two year contract for the job.

Quinday took over the temporary post of interim city manager in September of 2012 after previous Russell City Manager Ralph Wise resigned in August of last year. Quinday says he is excited about the opportunity to serve and he hopes to make a positive impact on Russell.

"Really, I think that the future of Russell and the next 50 years will be defined by what we do in the next five years, especially in regards to water," Quinday said. "I'm very appreciative of the support I've gotten from the staff, public and the council over the past four months and I look forward to just moving on and keep on going."

Before taking office, Quinday will resign his current Russell Police Chief post as well. A replacement for that job will be named at a later date.

Also at Tuesday's Russell City Council meeting, council members approved a water proposal that if approved by the state - which the indication is that it will be - would allow water acquisition of 62 acre feet of water for the City of Russell on land just west of the city's current Pfiefer wells. The agreement with property and water rights owner Lillian Leiker would last for a 15 year term. Upon approval, a $500 agreement fee and a $94,000 initial payment would be made to Leiker. After that, the city would pay $10,000 in annual rental fees and $1.50 per thousand gallons of water used.

Council Member Norma Jean Cook says the agreement is a step in the right direction.

"I feel this is the first leg going west to Cedar Bluff and I'm glad to see that we are moving on," said Cook.

A cereal malt beverage event application for an upcoming street dance in downtown Russell was also discussed and approved at the Council's Tuesday meeting.

A city employee service award recognition presentation for David Anderson of the Russell Police Department for 10 years of service was also held. David Anderson of the Russell Police Department

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