City Council will face plenty of long-term problems when it reconvenes Monday for the inauguration of newly elected members and an organizational meeting.
But it won't have to face the short-term problem of replacing one of those newly elected members before he even starts.
Matt Cacciotti, who won the most votes among three shoo-in candidates in the general election, said shortly after then that he might not accept the seat, because of his responsibilities as owner of Carlsson Real Estate and Construction Services.
On Friday, however, he said he's going to serve after all.
"I thought about it, prayed about it and talked about it with my family," he said. "I had to come to terms with it, and I did."
He wanted to be sure he could devote the time to do it well, and decided that he could schedule his work to make that happen.
"I feel a real responsibility to those people who voted for me," he said. "I'm actually honored."
Dave Butterbaugh is pleased, but not surprised, as he suspected Cacciotti had been "leaning" toward serving in spite of his doubts.
"He comes with a good business mind and a good work ethic," Butterbaugh said. "I'm glad to have the opportunity to work with him.
Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.