Portola City Council reorganizes
The view of the front table at the Portola City Council meetings has changed because of the Nov. 6 elections.
Plumas County has officially certified the general election results, and the meeting Dec. 12 focused on reorganizing the City Council to incorporate new faces and delegate new responsibilities.
The meeting began with honoring Bill Weaver, an outgoing member of the City Council. Weaver, a member since 2000, was honored by the city with a plaque commemorating his contribution to the city of Portola for the last decade.
After his exit, the recently elected members of the council rose to take their oath of office.
The two incumbents, John Larrieu and Phil Oels, will retain their seats on the council. Newcomer Michelle Gault will begin her four-year term with the council. All three members will serve until 2016.
As the meeting continued, the two incumbents received more than just the responsibilities of a council member.
Larrieu, the previous mayor pro tem, was nominated to be the new mayor for the next year. Oels, who was elected to the council in the recall election in the spring, was nominated to be the mayor pro tem.
The new council members did not hesitate to work together and consult each other for the duration of the meeting.
Gault frequently offered comment and input on the decisions made throughout the meeting. New Mayor Pro Tem Oels provided support and mediation while Mayor Larrieu conducted the meeting comfortably and smoothly.