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Enumclaw City Council welcomes new members Dickson and La Fleur

The Enumclaw City Council officially took on a different look Tuesday night, with two new members joining the group.

Sworn in by City Attorney Mike Reynolds were newcomers Darrel Dickson and Chance La Fleur. Also taking the oath of office was Jim Hogan, a returning councilman who ran unopposed in November. La Fleur also had a clear path to a four-year council term, running unopposed for a seat vacated by Jeff Beckwith, who stepped away following years in city government.

The same could not be said of Dickson, a city businessman who waged a sometimes-contentious campaign against incumbent Richard Elfers. When the dust had settled following the Nov 8 election, Dickson had managed a clear decision over the four-year council veteran.

Those three join the four council members – Kevin Mahelona, Glen Jensen, Mike Ennis and Sean Krebs – whose terms expire with the close of 2013.

The seven eased into the current year with a meeting that lasted a bit less than 30 minutes, including a brief executive session and short reception to welcome the new council members.

During their abbreviated bits of business, the council:

• heard a request from Jensen, who asked that the council examine the possibility of establishing a recycling program. He wondered aloud if such a move could be profitable, now that King County has announced it will get rid of the recycling containers at the local transfer station.

• announced council committee assignments for 2012. Most issues that eventually reach the full council have been studied by a committee, which generally issues a recommendation. The following are the seven committees, with the first person listed serving as chairman: Community/Economic Development, Krebs, Dickson and Ennis; Community Services, Jensen, Dickson and Mahelona; Expo Center, Ennis, Dickson and Jensen; Finance, Krebs, Hogan and La Fleur; Public Safety, Mahelona, Hogan and La Fleur; Public Works, Hogan, Krebs and La Fleur; Committee on Committees, Jensen, Ennis and Mahelona. Also, Krebs was tabbed to keep his position as the council liaison to the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce.

• picked Mahelona to serve as mayor pro tem. Most visibly, he will lead council meetings should Mayor Liz Reynolds be absent.

• appointed Joan Lewis to the city's Park Board and Richard Hughes to the Library Board; keeping Elfers in the city circle, the council tabbed him for a Library Board seat.

• approved a request by the Enumclaw Garden Club for a plant sale May 19 in the city parking lot at Cole Street and Initial Avenue.

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