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  • Masten, Embert sworn at Smyrna reorganization meeting

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  • Smyrna Town Council swore in their new council members Wednesday night as well as made council and committee appointments at their reorganization meeting.
    Judge James T. Vaughn swore in Joanne Masten as mayor and new council member John Embert.
    Masten defeated former council member Anthony DeFeo 456-210 for the open mayoral seat left vacant by outgoing mayor Pat Stombaugh. Embert won his first term as an at-large representative with 274 votes to opponent's Andrea Rodriguez's 255 votes and Brian David's 119 votes.
    Councilwoman Regina Brown was reappointed vice mayor while Councilman Jeff Flairty was appointed council secretary. Valerie Heritage was also reappointed recording secretary.
    Town Council also reconfirmed council meetings for the year as the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:30 p.m., with the exception for the weeks there's a legal holiday on Monday, which will push the meeting to Tuesday.
    Along with approving authorized signatures for bank accounts, the final act for council during their reorganization meeting was the approval of their 2013-2014 committee/board lists. Council did put off approving the Finance Committee list because a change may be made.
    Councilman Robert Johnson pointed out that the Finance Committee was listed as having eight members; he suggested it'd be best for the committee to have an odd number of members so there's a quorum. Therefore, Johnson suggested deleting a member to put the committee at seven or adding a member to put it at nine. Later on it was decided council would add a member bringing the total to nine.
    After the meeting, Masten said the reason for increasing the number of members on the committee from five to nine was due to the scope of the work of the committee.
    "We need input from a wide range of people," she said.
    Along with the extra member needed for the Finance Committee, the following committees also have vacancies: Board of Adjustment, Housing Code Board of Appeals, and the Library Advisory Board.
    "Anyone interested in joining a committee or knows someone who may be interested please let me or one of the other council members know," Masten said.
    Following the conclusion of the reorganization meeting, town lawyer Terry Jaywork and council took a moment to recognize outgoing mayor Pat Stombaugh for the work she's put in over the years.
    In response to her certificate of appreciation, Stombaugh said it's been a pleasure working with everyone in the town.
    "I'm going to miss you," Stombaugh said.
    Email Jennifer Dailey at jennifer.dailey@doverpost.com.
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