WINSTON — As a business owner and an active participant in community affairs, Winston’s newest city councilor hopes to bring a fresh eye to the council for at least the remainder of his term.

During its Sept. 5 meeting, the Winston City Council appointed Scott Rutter to replace longtime Councilor Chris Berquist, who resigned Aug. 7 because of a decision to move from Winston.

Rutter, the owner of Creative Catering in downtown Winston, will fill out the term on the seat from Ward 2 until the end of 2018.

“I think the city needs some fresh eyes on what’s happening,” Rutter said. “It’s a small town, but I think it needs people to think a little bit bigger.”

Rutter has served on the city’s Urban Renewal Board as well as a number of committees.

“As a business owner, you want to see things kind of develop,” Rutter said. “And I think that is something that’s starting to happen. Some of this empty retail property in the middle of town is starting to get some play.”

Rutter hasn’t decided if he will run when his term is up next year.

“I’ll kind of see how the next few months go,” he said. “I’m committed to finishing this, and after that we’ll see.”

City Manager Mark Bauer said five applicants applied for the open seat, and he said they were excellent candidates. But he added that the city will miss the knowledge and extensive experience that Berquist had in public works and city government.

“He was definitely a key member of the council, and led on a lot of issues especially in public works,” Bauer said. “He was a very involved council member in all the areas and projects that we had going on, so we’re going to miss him a lot.”

Rutter’s appointment gives the city a full council again. He is the second person this year to be appointed to fill out a term on the board. Dorie White was appointed by the council to finish out Dick Hayes’ term, after he was appointed mayor following the resignation of former Mayor Ken Barrett in March. White’s term will also run through the end of 2018.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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