Two new councilmen and two incumbents swore to do their duties to the best of their abilities Tuesday evening, then took their seats at the city council table.
Newly elected Ty Lucas and Ed Rieker stood with Jim Carman and Jim Nisley, who were re-elected in November, as they recited the oath of office, administered by City Attorney Doug Stack.
The new councilmen promised to faithfully and impartially perform their duties according to the law and to the best of their abilities.
They also swore they are not members of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the federal or state government.
Mayor Dwight Livingston and City Administrator Jim Hawks thanked outgoing councilmen Larry Pedersen and Martin Steinbeck.
“Thanks for your years of service,” Livingston told Pedersen and Steinbeck. “You will be missed.”
With that, the council got down to business.
The council approved two liquor applications for special events, including a nationally sanctioned cornhole tournament on Jan. 11 at the D&N Event Center, and a fundraiser for an equestrian arena on New Year’s Eve.
In other action, the council agreed to donate $20,000 in Newburn funds to the Kiwanis to help buy and install playground equipment at Iron Horse Park, at the main I-80 interchange.
Travelers with kids who need some playtime will enjoy the playground, Kiwanis Secretary Linda Thompson said. The club will contribute $44,000, according to council documents. Benches, concrete pads and safety features are included in the plans.
The Kiwanis previously helped install playground equipment at the Connection homeless shelter, and also on the west side of Cody Park.
Chuck Scripter of the Kiwanis told the council that it is great to team with the city to build playgrounds, and the club stands ready to help if anything goes awry.
Councilman Jim Carman voiced the only note of concern, noting that Newburn Funds cannot be used to repair or maintain park equipment. He said new equipment will eventually need some maintenance, leading to an increase in the city budget.
Councilman Glenn Petersen said modern sturdy playground equipment hardly needs repairs.
Lucas also spoke up. He said he loves to see private-public partnerships help meet city needs.