WAUSAU – Shirley Rightenburg will follow in the footsteps of her parents as a member of the Wausau Town Council following a unanimous vote by board in the Council's regular session meeting Thursday.

Rightenburg was appointed to fill the unexpired term of her father, Paul Culbreth, who passed away in October after a brief battle with cancer. Rightenburg's late mother, Gail Culbreth, also served on the Wausau Town Council and as Wausau Town Clerk.

According to the Town Charter, the mayor is charged with making recommendations to fill seats left vacant. Rightenburg was selected after the Council conducted interviews of candidates nominated by residents.

Rightenburg says she is humbled and honored to be carrying forward her parents' legacy of service

"I am excited to be following in both of my parents' footsteps and more than honored to be finishing out my daddy's term," said Rightenburg. "I love Wausau and will do my part to help see that our town prospers and grows. I plan to do what I can and in the best interest of the town."

Rightenburg will be sworn in during the Town's January meeting.

In other business, the Council approved a five-year contract with Waste Management.

Residents will not see any increase to their trash bills; however, they will receive some additional services.

The new contract will feature an option for side or back door pick-up to better assist disabled or elderly residents. Anyone interested in this service may contact Wausau Town Hall at 850-638-1781 for more information on how to apply for the service.

Waste Management will also offer an additional "community clean-up day," bringing the total to three annually. These events provide customers the opportunity to receive curbside collection of bulky items that do not fit in containers.

In other business, council members voted to give each town employee a $200 Christmas bonus.

Wausau Town Council will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on January 11.


News Editor Carol Kent Wyatt contributed to this report.