The Yakima City Council has a very full plate for the foreseeable future but will have to add one more item; Appointing a replacement council member.

The Yakima Herald-Republic is reporting that Councilwoman Sara Bristol will be resigning her post by the end of the year. She will be moving to join her husband Chris, a former reporter at the Herald, in Grants Pass, Ore.

Bristol was elected in November 2011 and began serving in January 2012. She is only halfway through her term.

Mayor Micah Cawley tells KIT News, "Sara was a great council member, we've all enjoyed her energy and dedication to improving local government. She will be missed."

Now the city will have to find a replacement who is from Bristol's district, District 2. Since the seat is not up for re-election until 2015, the replacement will be appointed by the council by a simple majority vote.

District 2 is largely made up of south central and south eastern Yakima starting from Tieton Dr in the north and includes the airport.

The city council is expected to make major decisions on the downtown master plan, marijuana, billboards among other things over the next few months.