Council welcomes new members

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By Jim Clark

The Williston City Council welcomed two new members Tuesday night and said goodbye to a pair of long-time associates.

Brooks Holloway and Michael Shoemaker were sworn in by Judge Joseph Smith, as was Mayor Gerald Hethcoat, who was re-elected without opposition.

Shoemaker also won without having to face an opponent, but Holloway defeated Lindsey Hager in the March election.

James W. Cason, who served 14 years, and Jerry Robinson, who had two terms, were the outgoing pair. Both chose not to run again. Each was presented a plaque by Council President Debra Jones and Hethcoat.

The board then held elections of its own, and Jones was unanimously returned as council president. Steve Holcomb was nominated for vice president, but declined because he said he is working out of town, so that honor went to Shoemaker.

In other business the council:

* Took care of housekeeping items such as appointing committee members and renewing the attorney's contract.

* Heard the mayor proclaim April 13-19 as National Library Week and watched him present the proclamation to Michelle Traylor of the library.

* Discussed but did not set a date for Clean-up Week.

* Approved supplemental agreements regarding building of a new well in the northeast part of the city.

* Named Jones as the League of Cities representative. She encouraged others on the council to attend the group's functions.

* Named Shoemaker as the representative to the Chamber of Commerce.