New Council Sworn In
Murphy city council chamber members were sworn in. (From left) Ken Oltmann, Elizabeth Abraham, Jene’ Butler and Jennifer Berthiaume.
May 21, 2019 - The American tradition of peaceful transition of power was on display on this Tuesday night. Outgoing council members, Owais Siddiqui and Don Reilly, gave remarks on their time in office and thanked supporters and loved ones before new council members were sworn in. Outgoing member, Betty Spraggins, was unable to attend due to health issues, but will be recognized in the future. Incoming councilmembers to places one, two, four, and six were then sworn in. The oath of office was taken for Place 1 by first term member Elizabeth Abraham, Place 2 by second term member Jennifer Berthiaume, Place 4 first term member Ken Oltmann, and Place 6 first term member Jene’ Butler. The swearing in ceremony was followed by a reception for all members in the lobby of City Hall before reassembling for other business.
Other business included a proclamation that May is motorcycle awareness month. The proclamation asks other motorists to be aware of motorcyclists because of their greater risk of injury and death in accidents. Manager of Recreation Services Caitlyn Mullins gave a presentation on the recent Tunes, Tails, and Ales event. The event sold 907 tickets and had an estimated 2,200 people in attendance according to the presentation. A total of 32 different beer vendors were on site with 11 others rounding out the fare available to event goers. Brewvolution LLC, along with the Murphy City Council and Murphy Community Development Corporation presented a $1,000.00 check to the Murphy Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation.
Individual items for consideration were Resolution 19-R-913 and Ordinance 19-05-1128. The Resolution that passed was an authorization for the city manager to accept an amendment to a contract with RONE Engineering, Inc. The amendment was for a 49 thousand dollar increase for geotechnical and construction material testing related to capital improvement projects. The passage of the ordinance was for amending the FY19 expenditures and fund balance in the general fund to provide for a replacement boiler in City Hall.