With nearly a week left to apply, Powell has received letters of interest from two residents to fill the unexpired term of former councilman Bill Morton.

With nearly a week left to apply, Powell has received letters of interest from two residents to fill the unexpired term of former councilman Bill Morton.

The deadline to submit a resume and letter of interest to succeed Morton is April 30.

Residents wishing to be considered for council must have lived in Powell since at least April 30, 2007, be registered to vote in the city, and submit a letter and resume by Wednesday.

Council members are expected to review the applicants during an executive session May 6 and appoint Morton's replacement at their May 20 meeting, said Steve Lutz, city manager.

The new council member will fill the remainder of Morton's four-year term, ending 2009.

As of press time, only two applications had been received.

Bill Little, a current member of the city's planning and zoning commission and George Kannapel, a current member of the city's records commission, each submitted letters of interest.

During the April 15 council meeting, Golf Village resident Jon Bennehoof called on the city to adopt wards or precincts to more evenly distribute residents' representation on council.

Bennehoof, who is president of the Golf Village Residents Association, a group formed to oppose a planned Target store, requested that council seat a Golf Village resident.

"We are calling for the establishment of precincts to provide for true representation that we have not enjoyed to this point," Bennehoof said.

Neither Little nor Kannapel are residents of the city's Golf Village area.

In Powell, council members are elected at large.

Changing the way council members are elected would require city voters approve an amendment to Powell's charter, Lutz said.

"Except as reserved to the people by this charter, the legislative powers of the municipality shall be vested in a council of seven members, elected for four-year overlapping terms. All members of council shall be elected at large," the charter states.

Council earlier this month unanimously accepted the resignation Morton, who was halfway through his first term.

Morton, 53, announced his resignation in March.

He said he is leaving council because he will take a job overseas that will keep him away from city council meetings, likely for the remainder of his term.

"It's not fair to the city and the voters if I'm not here to represent them," Morton said earlier.

Letters of interest should be sent to city clerk Susie Ross, 47 Hall St., Powell 43065.

The next council meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. May 6, at the Village Green, 47 Hall St.