11:42 PM PST on Saturday, November 27, 2010

By BRIAN ROKOS
The Press-Enterprise

Applications will be available Monday for anyone interested in being appointed to the Norco City Council vacancy created by the death of Malcolm Miller.

The council voted 4-0 Wednesday to fill the vacancy through an appointment instead of a special election. The term will expire November 2011.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, live within the Norco city limits and be registered to vote in Norco. Applications are available at City Hall, 2870 Clark Ave., and online at www.norco.ca.us. Applications must be returned by 5 p.m. Dec. 8.

The City Council will interview candidates at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and make the appointment that night.

City Manager Beth Groves told the council Wednesday that the Riverside County registrar of voters estimated that a special election would cost the city $35,000. The soonest it could have been held was the next county election March 8, when Jurupa-area residents are scheduled to vote on cityhood.

“That’s an awful lot of money to spend for a seven-month term,” Councilwoman Kathy Azevedo said before Wednesday’s vote. The other council members concurred.

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