Elliott, Brown join city council

RUSS BROWN, left, and Taner Elliott are shown taking their oaths of office from Julie Krueger, city clerk, prior to joining other councilors on the dais for the first meeting of 2015.

Several members of The Dalles City Council were sporting green and gold at Monday’s meeting that was held early so officials didn’t have to miss the national championship football game between Ohio State and the University of Oregon.

“There being no other items on the agenda, this meeting is adjourned for Duck time,” announced Mayor Steve Lawrence after a 60-minute meeting on Jan. 12 that began at 4 p.m. The Buckeyes prevailed over the Ducks by a score of 42-20.

The first meeting in 2015 saw a change in the makeup of the elected body. New councilors Taner Elliott and Russ Brown took their oaths of office and a seat on the dais. Outgoing councilors Carolyn Wood and Bill Dick were given certificates of appreciation and gifts to denote their service to the community.

Elliott, an electrician and developer, edged out Wood for the at-large position on the council in November’s election. Brown, a contractor and retired Bonneville Power Administration mechanic, beat Dick for the Position 3 seat.

Also taking the oath Jan. 12 was Tim McGlothlin, who ran unopposed for his second four-year term in office, and Lawrence, who was also unchallenged in his bid for a second two-year term as mayor.

The first order of business for the council was to approve the mayor’s list of proposed committee assignments.

All of the elected officials are seated on the budget committee, which convenes for two weeks in May.

McGlothlin will move from the Traffic Safety Committee to the Airport Committee and Brown will take his spot.

Linda Miller assumes Wood’s place on the Historic landmarks Committee and retains her seat on the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee.

Councilor Dan Spatz remains on the Sister City Committee and will replace Dick on the Q-Life committee, where Elliott takes the place previously held by Wood.

Brown will take over representation of the city with the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, a duty formerly taken by Wood.

Lawrence remains on the Community Outreach Team. He takes Spatz’ place with the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District.

On Monday, the council also approved the appointment of the mayor’s wife, Donna Lawrence, to the Wasco County/City of The Dalles Museum Commission.

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