Aroundt 90 people turned out in a combination of in-person and on-line formats to watch the first meeting of the Erda City Council — or the Erda City Council-elect, as the city is not yet officially incorporated.
The first Erda City Council met on the evening before Thanksgiving in the Tooele County Council meeting chamber at 7 p.m. in the Tooele County Building on Main Street in Tooele City.
At the beginning of the meeting Jess Bird was elected as Council chairman and Craig Smith as vice chairman by a unanimous vote of all five members of the Council.
Robert’s Rules of Order were adopted “generally, not strictly” as the parliamentary procedures for the council.
The Council decided to hold regular weekly meetings during the month of December on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the County Building. Several members of the Council expressed a desire to start meeting in Erda as soon as possible.
A committee, consisting of Kael Martin and Jess Bird, was appointed to look into potential office and meeting space and report back to the Council.
Several committees of two council members each were appointed to study issues for the new city and report back to the Council. Those committees and members are: roads — Terry Miner and Scott Droubay; police — Craig Smith and Droubay; ordinances from another city to consider for adoption — Martin and Smith; articles of incorporation — Bird and Martin; information technology, email and website — Bird and Martin; attorney — Miner and Droubay; garbage — Martin and Smith; land use zoning — Martin and Smith; finance, liability and insurance — Droubay and Miner.
A resolution authorizing the Council chairman to submit paperwork for incorporation was approved. The Council also passed resolutions authorizing the advertisement for a city clerk and a city treasurer as part-time positions were also passed by the Council.
A temporary city logo for use on letterhead was approved. Bird said it had been very difficult to get things done when other government agencies required a written letter or notification on city letterhead and the city had no letterhead nor a logo to put on a letterhead. The temporary logo consists of the “Erda rock” in a circle with words “City of Erda” around the rock.
The next meeting of the Erda City Council will be Dec. 2 in the auditorium of the Tooele County Building at 7 p.m.