Geoff Harkness, Michael Burns, Sr., and Jeffrey Collings were sworn in my Deputy City Clerk Sandy Studer, taking the seats of Russ Porterfield, Ned Boss and Michael Murray, who did not run for relection.

Monday evening was a time of change, recognition and celebration, as three longtime community servants passed their positions on to three new city councilors.

Geoff Harkness, Michael Burns, Sr., and Jeffrey Collings were sworn in my Deputy City Clerk Sandy Studer, taking the seats of Russ Porterfield, Ned Boss and Michael Murray, who did not run for relection.

The councilors quickly approved the canvass of election results from County Clerk Colleen Setzer during their Nov. 26 meeting before the outgoing councilors moved to the audience and Harkness, Burns and Collings raised their right hands to take their oaths of office.

After everyone was settled, Tom Moore was unanimously selected to serve as mayor for the next year, and Tim Stearns was selected as Mayor Pro Tem.

Adding to the festive feel of the meeting was the recognition of several individuals, businesses and groups who lend efforts to beautify the city of Mount Shasta.

“This guy reeks of public service,” joked new mayor Moore as he handed outgoing mayor Russ Porterfield a plaque. Porterfield served on the Mount Shasta Planning Commission from November 1986 to April 1998; on the Mount Shasta City Council from May 1988 to November 1996, and again from July 2004 until Monday evening. He served four terms as mayor.

“These guys aren’t doing it for the money,” Moore said before shaking Boss’ hand and presenting him with a plaque of his own. “Both of these guys have been mentors to me,” Moore added.

Boss served on the Mount Shasta City Council from April 1984 until April 1988; from December 1992 until April 1994; and for a third time from May, 2009 until Monday evening. He served three years as mayor during those periods. In addition, Boss was the Public Works Director for the city for many years, Moore added.

Though he wasn’t present at the meeting, Murray was recognized for serving on the Planning Commission from August 2003 until November 2007 and on the City Council from December 2007 until November, 2012. He served one year as Mount Shasta’s mayor, in 2010.

Both Boss and Porterfield received standing ovations from city staff, the other councilors, and the audience.

Penny Bloodhart, a member of the Planning Commission from January 2008 until November, 2012, was also honored for her service to the community.

Clerk, treasurer appointment

After some discussion, the council decided to put out advertisements to search for a new city clerk and city treasurer. Both seats are now open, and no one ran for either office in the Nov. 6 election, explained city manager Ted Marconi.

Per California Election Code, the city has 60 days from the time the offices are vacated to appoint people to fill the positions or decide on a special election, which could cost the city as much as $9,000.

Each of the councilors agreed that appointments would be best in order to save money. Two people have expressed interest in the positions since November, but Stearns said he would like to see the call go out to anyone interested.

Appointments will be made before the Jan. 25 deadline, either at a regular council meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose.

Beautification awards

Mount Shasta Beautification Committee member Paul Boerger presented the following awards for beautification efforts:

• Audra Gibson, for outstanding public service through volunteer landscape maintenance at the City Plaza Rose Garden

• Marie Wells, for outstanding public service by volunteering to participate in Beautification Committee projects

• Kris Ellingson, for outstanding public service through volunteer landscape maintenance at the South Mt. Shasta Boulevard entrance

• Jenny Payton, for outstanding public service through volunteer landscape maintenance at the North Lake Street triangle

• MKP – Mankind Project Group, including Tim Loughlin, Neil Posson, Perry Sims, Scott Tift and Michael Zanger, for outstanding public service through volunteer landscape maintenance at the North Mt. Shasta Boulevard triangle

• Marsha Napier, for outstanding public service though volunteer landscape maintenance the South Mt. Shasta Boulevard entrance

• Tim Stearns, for outstanding public service by volunteering to hang banners in downtown Mount Shasta

• Lynn Linebarger, for outstanding public service by volunteering to beautify the Mount Shasta Library

• Julie McLaughlin, for outstanding public service by volunteering to beautify the Mount Shasta Library

• Pam Monaco, for outstanding public service by volunteering to beautify the Mount Shasta Library

• Ed and Barbara Valenzuela, for outstanding public service for landscape maintenance

• Richard and Jackie Derwingson, for outstanding public service for landscape maintenance

• Ned Boss, for outstanding public service as the city council liaison to the Beautification Committee

• Monica Zinda, for creating a mosaic bench at the Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery at 418 North Mt. Shasta Blvd.

• Tommy Spence, for new landscaping at the Mt. Shasta Post Office as part of his Eagle Scout project

• Mountain Runners, for outstanding public service by providing hanging flower baskets for downtown Mount Shasta

• Mt. Shasta Trail Association, for outstanding public service for development of the Gateway Trail

• Susan Isabelle Boynton, for outstanding landscaping/commercial site development, including planters and benches at Shambhala Center & Specialty Store

• Kim Centeno, DDS, for outstanding architecture, new construction, commercial, for her office at 407 Pine Street

• Kenny Leung and Matthew Smith, for outstanding architecture, revitalization/remodel, commercial, for Surf Shack Interactive at 209 North Mt. Shasta Blvd.