Green River swears in new mayor
|New Green River Mayor Pat Brady took the oath of office on Wednesday.|
With the resignation of Green River Mayor Ed Bentley, a newly elected city councilman was chosen to fill that vacancy and serve the remainder of Bentley's term. An election will be held in November 2009 and Pat Brady will serve as mayor of Green River for the next 23 months.
Brady was elected to the Green River City Council in November 2007. He has served in the councilman capacity since that time. During the recent city council meeting Mayor Pro-tem Dan Harrison conducted the meeting in which the applications for the position of mayor were reviewed.
Harrison had also applied to be appointed mayor, but pulled his application prior to the meeting. With only three applications remaining, the city council considered each applicant and elected to appoint Brady.
Although Brady was not present at the meeting due to a family illness, he was approved and will be installed as mayor as soon as possible. His swearing in will take place at city hall. Brady will then be responsible to make the necessary appointments to the city council and appoint the city workers as selected.
The position on the city council left vacant by his new appointment will be advertised and filled during the next city council meeting in March.
In other business conducted by the council, Doug Rasmussen of Smuin, Rich and Marsing presented the audit report for the city of Green River. He stated the audit is a fair representation of the fiscal position of the city.
The council also heard a report from Leon Defriez concerning the importance of the airport in the city. He told of how a corporation was formed to aid in the Huntington airport situation and how those steps may help with the Green River airport.
"My advice to the council is don't lose that airport. It is very important, not only to the city, but to this entire area, to keep it open and running," said Defriez. Kim McFarlane, P.A. and manager of the Green River Clinic also expressed his views, from a health care prospective, of how important the airport is to the city of Green River.
The council approved to give $5,000 toward the feasibility study for the repairs or replacement of the diversion dam. Once the feasibility study is complete, Rep. Jim Matheson and Sen. Bob Bennett have offered to help with funding for the repairs or replacement of the diversion dam.
A special meeting has been scheduled for Feb. 29 and the next regularly scheduled council meeting is March 11.
Brady was sworn into his new postion as mayor on Feb. 13 at noon at the council chambers.