Reorganization was the theme of the April 17 meeting of the Delta City Council. Kevin Carlson was sworn into office and outgoing council members Ed Sisson and Bill Raley were recognized for their service to the community.
Nathan Clay, also newly elected to council, was unable to attend the meeting. He will take the oath of office at the first meeting in May.
Delta has five elected council members, one from each of the city's three districts, and two elected from the city at large. The mayor and mayor pro tem are chosen by council from among its members, for two-year terms.
Council member Gerald Roberts made a motion to select Ron Austin as mayor. His motion was seconded by Carlson and went to a vote, with three in favor and Christopher Ryan opposed.
For mayor pro tem, Ron Austin nominated Gerald Roberts with a motion that was seconded by Roberts. Kevin Carlson nominated Christopher Ryan with a motion that was seconded by Ryan. Lacking a fifth council member, the vote was tied at 2-2. With input from city attorney David McConaughey, the matter was tabled until all five council members are present.
The council then worked through a list of appointments to serve as the city's representative with Region 10, Club 20, Delta County Economic Development, Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and other entities.
Under council member comments, Mayor Austin read a prepared statement recognizing city employees for their skills, talents and dedication, and saying it is imperative to involve businesses and citizens in our goals and actions to create the needed vitality of Delta. He said he is committed to maintaining a healthy and positive working relationship with the various entities in the city and county. Lastly, he expressed appreciation for the support of his wife Donna, his friends and his relatives. He specifically mentioned Scott Schaible, "who most recently provided expertise, knowledge and encouragement to help me formulate a plan for a major water park in Delta. A project like this will not only provide much needed revenue through tourism, but fill a gap in the available wholesome family activities in Delta. This project will also provide the catalyst for revenue for our many existing natural amenities in and around Delta. You will be hearing more about this in the near future.
"In the words of President Lincoln, the best way to predict the future is to create it."