Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Keirn, Burke take oath of office

Fritz Haemmerle voted in as council chairman

Express Staff Writer

Martha Burke is sworn in Monday by Mayor Rick Davis. She has served in public office since 1992. Photo by David N. Seelig

Incumbents Don Keirn and Martha Burke were sworn in Monday for four-year terms on the Hailey City Council.

Keirn has served on the council since 2001. Burke has served since 1994. Prior to gaining her seat on the council, Burke sat on the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission for two years.

Mayor Rick Davis chided the veterans, saying, "They still haven't learned their lesson."

"I'm getting there," replied Keirn, who, at 80, is the oldest council member. He has also served as a public official in Boise.

The council members swore to uphold the laws of the state, county and city.

In coming weeks, they will review major annexations and updates to Hailey's comprehensive plan, making decisions that could shape the city for years to come.

Burke nominated Councilman and attorney Fritz Haemmerle to be council chairman. The rest of the council, including Carol Brown, approved the nomination.

"Thank you," Haemmerle said. "I will try not to embarrass you.

In other Hailey news:

· The council agreed to extend for two years a garbage franchise agreement with Clear Creek Disposal.

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