New council members take office

By BRIAN LESTER
STAFF WRITER
BLUFFTON — Two new council members were sworn in during Wednesday night’s Bluffton Village Council meeting.
Judy Augsburger and Roger Warren were both sworn in prior to the meeting. They fill the voids left by Richard McGarrity and David Steiner, whose terms on council ended after the Dec. 23 meeting.
Also, the council seat left vacant when Dennis Gallant took over as mayor of Bluffton last year was filled on Wednesday night.
Councilman Mitch Kingsley made a motion to select Sean Burrell to fill the seat. Burrell was named on an interim basis to the council seat when Gallant became the mayor. He will now serve for the remaining two years of Gallant’s council term.
“(Sean) has done a good job and has consistently been at the meetings,” Kingsley said. “He’s done a good job of serving the people and I think he is the right person for the job.”
Separately, Kingsley was voted council president for 2014
Separately, village Administrator Jamie Mehaffie talked about how the village reacted to the winter storm that hit the region this week.
He commended the Service Department and the Police and Fire departments for having a plan in place to handle the storm.
“I thought everyone was ready to go,” Mehaffie said. “We had a plow truck on the road at all times, and I thought we did a good job of keeping the roads open. Overall, everything went well considering the weather conditions.”
Separately, council voted to set the meeting schedule for 2014. Meetings will be on the first and third Monday of every month throughout the year.

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