Newly Elected Councilmen Dirk Gleysteen and Steve Johnson were sworn into office on Monday, April 25, 2011 during the Annual Organizational Meeting prior to the Milford City Council Meeting. City Manager David Baird read the election report for April 16, 2011 stating In Ward 1 Steve Johnson defeated his opponent by a margin of 65.0% to 35.0% (240 out of 369 total votes) and in Ward 2 Dirk Gleysteen defeated his opponent by a margin of 51.7% to 48.3% (131 to 122 total votes).
The Honorable William J., Walls presented the oath of office to Steve Gleysteen, Steve Johnson, Doug Morrow and James Starling. They will each serve a two-year term beginning on Aril 25, 2011. Councilmen Morrow and Starling ran unopposed and no election was necessary. Each Councilman took an oath to abide by the charter of the City of Milford and to always remember that their power is derived from the people who elected them. The oath they took was to “always place the public interest above any personal or private interest” and to “uphold the Constitution of [their] country and state.”
Newly elected Councilman Dirk Gleysteen stated he is looking forward to continuing the tradition of City Council and working with the unique blend of old and new Milford. “I will focus on bringing good paying jobs to the area and promoting opportunities for existing ones.”
Upon re-election, Councilman Steve Johnson stated he will work to “continue the great work of the Economic Development Council and represent the people of Milford.”
As tradition holds, the Vice Mayor was also chosen the same night. Councilman Pikus made a motion to continue with the current Vice Mayor Katrina Wilson and Councilman Johnson seconded the motion. The Council voted to unanimously elect Mrs. Wilson. “I look forward to working with a good team on the Council and ready if the Mayor should need me,” commented Wilson. David Rutt was also reappointed as City Solicitor with Councilman Pikus making a motion to accept and Councilwoman Wilson seconding the motion.
After the adjournment of the Annual Organization Meeting a public hearing was called to order. Matt Metz, representing Bob Nash Associates, spoke in regards to the minor subdivision of one parcel into two parcels in an R-1 District at 917 Roosa Road. The subdivision was approved last Tuesday by the Planning Commission and a recommendation for approval to the City Council was submitted. The subdivision was approved unanimously by Council.
The next meeting of City Council will be held on Monday, May 9 at 7 pm at City Hall.