The Danielsville council seat vacated by council member Junne Temple in her bid for mayor remains vacant as of this week.
The council heard during its work session last week that four people, including Jerry Riley, who they declined to appoint at their March business meeting, have submitted their names to fill the seat until Dec. 31. The three others are Temple, former mayor Philip Croya and former council member Ron Faust.
The council also heard that the city will have to repay the state department of labor for unemployment benefits paid to former city clerk Connie Riley and former police chief Rodney Christian, who were both fired on the same day last May. Their unemployment benefits were originally denied, but on appeal, approved for a period of time, until the city won a second appeal.
The city will also have to reimburse the state for former waterworks employee Jerry Riley’s unemployment, which he has been drawing since he was fired in December. Since the city did not pay quarterly unemployment tax, Payne said they are required to reimburse the DOL if someone is awarded unemployment benefits. She said she expects the total could be around $10,000 and that the city will set up a payment plan with the state. The city council agreed to begin making quarterly unemployment tax payments.