Photo by Kathy Browning
Trustees Larry Wissbeck, Eric Goold and Amber Kleinman take the oath of office from town clerk Barbara Petersen. Mayor Neal Schwieterman was given his oath first. Ross King, a newly elected trustee, was absent and will be sworn in at the next council meeting. Seated is trustee Corinne Ferguson, the new mayor pro tem.
Three absent trustees — Brian Ayers, Sid Lewis and David Weber — on the current Paonia Town Council caused Mayor Neal Schwieterman to consult with town attorney Jim Briscoe about how to proceed. Briscoe said the mayor could have the current trustees deliver their reports but no action could be taken on issues involving a vote until the new trustees had taken their oath of office.