New council members to be sworn in Monday

Published 8:47 pm Saturday, January 3, 2015

Two months after being elected, three new members of City Council finally are preparing to take the oath of office in a special ceremony on Monday.

Leroy Bennett, Don Goldberg and Tim Johnson, along with re-elected Mike Duman, will take the oath of office in a City Council meeting at 1 p.m. in City Council chambers, 442 W. Washington St. The full body then will select the new vice mayor to conclude the special meeting.

The three newly elected representatives are raring to get to work, they said last week.

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“I’m looking forward to it,” said Bennett, who is returning to the council after a two-year hiatus due to being drawn out of his district during the 2011-2012 redistricting process.

“Everywhere I turn, people are excited, as well,” Bennett said.

Even before being sworn in, the three new members have been working to effect change, they said. The evidence, Bennett said, is in the city’s revised recommendation to begin funding two new schools, one elementary and one middle, in time for them to open in the fall of 2018.

“Some of the things we have talked about looks like it’s being implemented already,” Bennett said.

Goldberg also said he is happy with the proposal.

“I’m pleased that we’re talking about building two new schools in the near future to help handle some of the overcrowding,” Goldberg said.

He said he’s “ready to work closely with members of council and the staff.”

Johnson also said he’s excited about getting started.

“I think it’s going to be the start of a wonderful little journey here,” Johnson said. “I think everyone’s excited about the possibilities of what’s to come. I’m ready to move forward and make things happen. We’re going to hit the ground running.”

Wednesday’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting has been canceled. The next meeting is set for Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., with a work session to precede it at 4.