NEWBERRY SPRINGS The Newberry Springs Community Services District voted to fill an open seat on its Board of Directors last week.

Local resident Kathy Ridler was elected and sworn-in to fill the director position left vacant by former CSD President Robert Seeley, who stepped down in late December.

Applications were solicited for the open seat and three letters of intent were received by the deadline. A fourth applicant, Robert Springer, verbally expressed interest in the position at the Jan. 29 meeting.

Robert Vasseur and Robert Shaw were the other two candidates. The board voted three times in a 2-2 tie for Ridler and Springer. In a fourth write-in ballot vote, the tie was broken with a 3-1 vote in favor of Ridler.

"I welcome the challenge of the future goals and projects of Newberry Community including possible expansion of the Community Center and its activities and the future of our 'new' Newberry Springs Service Association," Ridler wrote in her letter of intent posted on the CSD website.

Ridler has been a resident of Newberry Springs for 22 years and has been a director on the CSD once before. She will fill the position until the November 2013 elections.

"We're hoping to bring a little honesty to the board," fellow CSD Director Diana Williams said. "I think she'll be fine as a director."

The rest of the CSD board is made up of President Robert Royalty, Wayne Snively, Calvin Owens and Diana Williams. The next CSD meeting will be Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at 30884 Newberry Road.