New and re-elected council members sworn into office

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP It's been nearly a month since Election Day.

A meet and greet was held Tuesday evening prior to the city council meeting.

It was an opportunity for both incoming and outgoing council members to thank their supporters, as well as an opportunity for the new council members to get familiar with City department officials.

New council members Ed Reiker and Ty Lucas took the oath along with Jim Nisley and James Carman who were both re-elected to their positions.

Lucas who is representing Ward 2 defeated his opponent Larry Pedersen.

Reiker represents Ward 4 and replaces Martin Steinbeck who decided not to seek re-election.

"It reminded me once again of my responsibility and my duty to my constituents and to try and evaluate what they want and try to tight rate that down," Reiker said. "Also, to make a vote accordingly and to work certainly for the betterment of the ward but, overall for the betterment of our community."

"Here in the beginning I feel like I'm going to be learning the ropes and getting oriented but, the things I touched on on my campaign is housing is extremely important to me," said Lucas. "Recreational opportunities are extremely important to me and managing our taxes and our tax base and doing everything we can to lower it and help grow this town. Those are things that are very important to me."

Both Pedersen and Steinbeck were presented with a plaque from Mayor Dwight Livingston and City Administrator Jim Hawks for their years of service and dedication to the city over the last four years.

Hawks was also appointed by the council to serve as interim street superintendent starting on December 13th.

It's a position that's being vacated by Wes Meyer who's retirement goes into effect December 12th.

So far, 13 people have applied for the position. Four people have already been interviewed.

The City administration hopes to fill that position in the near future.