Mike Rust will be on the ballot to fill a City Council vacancy in Lakeside, but he's already had a taste of the role - after being appointed a few months ago to serve through the voting date.
Following the voluntary annexation of Bel Air into Lakeside recently, Rust said he accepted the offer because he felt that his Bel Air neighborhood should be represented.
"So far the annexation relationship has been fantastic," he said. "I suppose the big test will come in the wintertime if we get a nasty storm," he said, with the city now responsible for clearing the streets.
The first goal for the city in his tenure is to complete the City Hall building and emergency safe room. The project is progressing well, Rust said. "It's something that needed to be done," he said.
The streets in the community need work next, he noted, and plans are already in place for improvements to Lakeshore Drive next year, following some underground work that needs to be completed to a water line running from the campground area on to the south.
Rust said he would also like to see some standards "held a little tighter" on property condition in Lakeside, especially on junk cars in yards.
One project Rust is not in favor of is a proposal to re-establish a mobile home park on a vacant site near the blacktop, which Rust feels could lead to crime problems. He said he would prefer to see it used as a longterm campground.
He is interested in the vacant historical landmark, Cobblestone Ballroom, but noted that he has heard contradictory stories about the owner's opinions on the property. "It sure would be nice to see something done about that," he said.
Speaking of history, Rust notes that there has been a limited amount of information compiled on the past for the lakefront community. "We need to find out when Lakeside was founded, maybe even plan a Centennial celebration," he said.
After experiencing a few meetings, Rust said he is looking forward to getting more involved in the community. "The council in Lakeside is truly trying to do some good things. People have already made me aware of a few situations that I've brought up, and I welcome anybody who has questions. I don't have a problem bringing up topics."