SWEAR IN • Skip Worwood, left, Kent Jones and Glade Nielson were all sworn in as the newest members of the Nephi City Council. They were given the oath of office by Lisa Brough, city recorder/finance director.
By Myrna Trauntvein
Two council members and a mayor were sworn in at a 6:30 p.m. meeting held Tuesday in Nephi City Council chambers.
Lisa Brough, city recorder/finance director, administered the oath of office to new Nephi City Mayor Glade Nielson, and to two new council members Kent Jones and Skip Worwood.
The three were elected in November.
“I am humbly excited to serve,” said Nielson.
Jones indicated that he was happy to be of service and was willing to accept any council assignment, and Worwood said that he was also happy about the opportunity to serve as a council member.
Nielson said that Seth Atkinson, city administrator, had agreed to help with the council meeting the first meeting after the swearing in because Atkinson and the three holdover council members, were knowledgeable about the workings of the city and the procedure of the meeting.
The council now uses a consent agenda, explained Atkinson.
A consent agenda is a council or board meeting practice that groups routine business and reports into one agenda item. The consent agenda can be approved in one action, rather than filing motions on each item separately.
“We try to give you all a link before council meeting so that you can review the topics before meeting,” said Atkinson. “The council can decide to approve all the items on the consent agenda at once or can break them apart for discussion.”
“I like the consent agenda,” said Nielson. “It is considerate of time.”
Business licenses are dealt with as a separate agenda item.
“Sometimes, the council wants some discussion,” Brough said.
All business licenses go to Glenn Greenhalgh, city planning commission chairman.
Those licenses are reviewed by that body and are recommended for approval or have restrictions put upon them. Those recommendations come to the council.
“The council goes over each business license and either approves or disapproves of the license,” Brough said.
Business license applications are found online or can be obtained in the city office. Brough said that she also sends around the claims that the city council must approve payment for.
“You are part of the audit,” said Brough.
In a small city there cannot be enough employees to provide the security needed.
“Do not hesitate to ask or question how the city spends money,” she said. “That is part of your job.”
Atkinson, just prior to the meeting being called to order, said that even though the council meeting was one half hour before the advertised start, it was suggested that the meeting proceed so that time would not be wasted.
Therefore, the meeting began at shortly after 7 p.m.