Broken Bow has a new mayor. Cecil Burt was sworn in, along with councilmen Jim Franssen and Scott Spanel at Monday’s city council meeting. The swearing in ceremony was part of the ‘sine die’ proceedings which hands the governing of the city from one mayor and council to the next.
The new mayor said he is going to work to learn how to run a city along with the council’s help. Franssen is new to the council, but not new to city government, as he has previous experience as a member of Broken Bow’s city council.
“We hope to continue with the progress already being accomplished,” he said. “We need to look at the budget and see where we are at, where the sales tax is at, and the cost of the pool, and then go from there.”
Franssen joins Scott Spanel who was re-elected at the polls in November, and current councilmen Chad Schall and Bill Adams. Adams took his oath of office last Friday. He came onto the council with a two-year term replacing Cory Staples who resigned because of work obligations.
Adams said he is looking forward to the experience, as before he had always lived in the country, it wasn’t until now that he was eligible to serve. It’s the sustainability of Broken Bow and the growth of the business climate that he finds very important.
“It’s important to have a town where young people want to live, bring their families and raise their children.”
Scott Spanel was elected as the city council president.
Burt, as part of his first action as mayor made the following one-year appointments: City Clerk/Treasurer – Elaine Bayer; Water/Sewer Super-intendent – Darren Marten; Electrical Superintendent – Doug Staab; Street Superintendent – Monte Clark; Park Superintendent – Dan Anderson; Library Director K. Joan Birnie; City Attorney – Jason White; Zoning Administrator – Cindy Pearson; City Physician – Dr. Robert Kahnk; City Engineers – Tylor Bottorf of JEO; Police chief – Steve Scott; Police officers Captain Dan Hanson, Sergeant Ryan Anderson and officers Dalen Wood, Tiffany Wood and Brian Johnson; Finance Committee; Council-members Spanel, Schall, Adams and Franssen and City Administrator Tony Tolstedt.
He also ask for approval of the Broken Bow Fire Depart-ment officers and membership roster and approval of Broken Bow Ambulance Service officers and membership roster.
As part of the proceedings, outgoing mayor, Mac McMeen and outgoing city councilman, Mike Evans were presented with plaques and thanked for their service to the community.
In his outgoing remarks, Mac McMeen said he really enjoyed working with the council, that they stayed on task and he felt good about what had been accomplished.
“We did it as a team,” he said, going on to say he was especially proud of the clean up the citizens accomplished.
“We cleaned up Broken Bow. We have a lot more pride in this community. People who come through say what a great town this is.”
As he thanked Mike Evans for his service to the community he said Evans poured his heart and soul into the city and was as good of a councilman as they come. He also thanked the city employees, Tony Tolstedt, Elaine Bayer, Jason White … remarking “they have a vested interest in this town. There is a great team here, and I’m going to miss you.”
Loren Taylor, representing the Custer Economic Development Corporation presented a resolution passed by the CEDC…
“The CEDC is committed to supporting the city of Broken Bow in the continued development and expansion and betterment of our community, and pledge to support the new mayor and city council in their continued efforts to govern our great city.”
In other business:
• A request by Randy Hunt to annex his property on the west side of Broken Bow was approved. Hunt has agreed to do a cost share for the extension of the utilities. The use of his land for animals will be grandfathered in.
• The Board of Public Works was authorized to award Resolution One: a bid for LED street lights. The board has the task of reviewing the five bids received to make sure the winning bid is in compliance with the energy efficiency grant being used to help fund the program.