Halsey Has a New Mayor

By Don Ware

The Times of Brownsville, Oregon

Cynthia Choat took the oath of office on January 8 during the Halsey Council meeting in the new Council Chambers. The outgoing Mayor, Marjean Cline, gaveled her last meeting to order before turning the gavel over to Mayor Choat. An audience of over 20 persons observed the process, which also resulted in the swearing in of newly elected Councilor J.R. Tharp, and re-elected Wade Doerfler. Tharp took his seat at the south end of the Council table.

Mayor Choat thanked Mayor Cline for her service to Halsey. At the end of the meeting the Mayor stated "I am honored to serve you as your Mayor and I want to work with everyone for the good of all." She stated her appreciation for the Council stating, "I have deep respect for the Council." She then thanked the audience for coming to the meeting and encouraged the public to attend and to speak of their concerns.

Councilor Eric Harless was elected as Council President, to serve in the absence of the Mayor. Councilors Wade Doerfler and Joan Mercier were chosen to be co-signers of checks on behalf of the City.

The Council decided to announce the Council vacancy caused by the resignation of Kathy Parker. The position will be announced publicly and applications accepted over the next weeks in preparation for the appointment to the vacancy. There is some discussion about filling the position immediately and Rella Johnson had served for a short time in 2012, but after some discussion it was decided to announce the vacancy so anyone interested could apply Mayor Choat stated her belief that was a way of demonstrating openness and transparency. The Halsey Happenings and The Times will carry the announcement.

Councilor Tharp volunteered to represent the city on the Cascade West Area Commission on Transportation.

Councilor Doerfler had asked about obtaining the railroad track signal that is on the north corner of the tracks on H Street. City Administrator Judy Cleeton had checked it out and the request has been sent to the railroad company. She is waiting for a response.

The Council discussed signage for the City Hall and Community Center for the northwest corner of the junction of 99E and American Drive. Planning will proceed with information to be gathered about cost, lighting, city logo, and wording of the signage.

The Council approved a resolution, 2013-570 transferring funds to cover unanticipated expenditures in the General Fund for Capital Outlay.

Finally, the Council agreed to continue having the foundation in the park in colors, but decided red would be too provocative.

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