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City Council reconvenes with newest members

STAFF WRITER

BARSTOW • Following the swearing-in ceremony of city officials, the City Council held their regular scheduled meeting.

Newly appointed Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre served in her official role for the first time Monday night and appointed Timothy Silva as mayor pro tem. In the case that she is unavailable to fill her position, he will act as mayor for the time being.

“I appointed Tim because he has been on the council since 2006. I was pleased to have that past experience,” Mayor Hackbarth-McIntyre said. “Overall, for my first meeting I thought it went well.”

Other important items on the agenda included filling vacancies for one open City Council seat, left vacant by Hackbarth-McIntyre, and two planning commissioner spots. The open seat on the City Council will be advertised and decided within 60 days, according to Hackbarth-McIntyre.

Bob Clemmer was re-appointed for a four-year term as planning commissioner and the City Clerk, Joanne Cousino, will advertise for the two open positions for 10 days before the council makes a decision.

The Barstow Fire Protection District was reorganized, with Silva appointed chairman and Carmen Hernandez as vice-chairman.

Two items on the agenda — a recommendation to rename High Street in honor of Arturo Benavidez and a transfer of retirement plans for the Fire District from the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association to the Public Agency Retirement Services — were held for a further meeting.

“It was tabled because we don’t have the final numbers we need to make that decision,” Silva said.

Approval of the PARS retirement program would save the city fire district approximately $600,000 annually, according to Silva.

The next City Council meeting is planned for Dec. 17. The council meets the first and third Monday monthly beginning at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Contact the writer:

(760) 256-4123 or bself@desertdispatch.com


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