Terry Weld was named Tuesday as the newest Eau Claire City Council member in part because of his experience with and passion for the city. Minutes after his appointment, he discussed using those qualities to make progress on two city issues.

Weld garnered the six votes necessary on the first ballot to replace Eric Larsen as an at-large council member. Other candidates receiving support included Don Motzing, with two votes, and Susan Wolfgram, also with two. Following their vote, the council unanimously approved Weld.

“Neighborhood revitalization is very important to me,” Weld said of an effort to upgrade the city’s older neighborhoods that would include improving outdated housing.

He also mentioned his hope to increase the involvement of neighborhood associations in city affairs. Only a few of the more than a dozen such associations in the city that represent neighborhood concerns are actively involved with city staff on a regular basis, said Weld, an Eau Claire Realtor who is chairman of the city Plan Commission.

Read more about Weld’s City Council appointment in Wednesday’s Leader-Telegram