Counncil

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Councilmembers Paul Sandhu, Shawn Farmer and Rich Lozano and City Clerk Tina Hubert watch as new Galt City Councilmembers Jay Vandenburg and Kevin Papineau are sworn into office at the Dec. 1 City Council meeting.

The Dec. 1 Zoom meeting of the Galt City Council was a time for goodbyes to Councilmembers Paige Lampson and Curt Campion. The results of the municipal elections were confirmed, and Kevin Papineau and Jay Vandenburg took their oaths of office as new councilmembers.

Vice Mayor Rich Lozano took time to thank both Campion and Lampson, as did staff and fellow councilmembers.

“We deeply appreciate your service to the community,” Lozano said. “Paige, I want to thank you for your service and your real passion for our youth.”

Outgoing Mayor Sandhu thanked his fellow councilmembers for appointing him as mayor.

“When I first started, I had no idea what 2020 would bring,” Sandhu said. “We’ve went through a lot; first the ransom ware at the police department, then a pandemic. But I will forever be grateful for this opportunity.”

City Manager Lorenzo Hines spoke of the council’s last year accomplishments, including 89 resolutions and suspending the transient occupancy tax to help area motels, allowing restaurants to create outdoor seating during the pandemic, passing a balanced budget and creating community service districts, which he called the most significant decision.

Sandhu nominated Farmer to be mayor and Farmer returned the favor and nominated Sandhu as vice mayor. Both were unanimously approved by the entire council.

Former Councilmember Lampson thanked her fellow councilmembers and staff, as well.

“We have one of the hardest working team of staff,” Lampson said. “God bless everyone. I hope you all have a productive year and to not just think about your friends, but everyone as a whole.”

Farmer took time at the beginning of the meeting to honor Louise Dowdell. He chronicled many of the significant happenings she lived through and then told of her contributions to the town of Galt.

“Her efforts have left impressions that will continue for generations to come,” Farmer said. “I congratulate Louise for a life well lived.”

Kami Martin, who serves as a member on the Measure R Oversight Committee, brought concerns up over the last report on how funds were spent. The committee and City Council approved $284,560 for the salary of a detective during the last year. Martin said the Galt Police Department had not had a detective dedicated to the Measure R fund for years and currently does not have one. She said she would continue to try and find out more information on the expenditure.

Grace Malson, treasurer of the Sunrise Rotary, spoke during public comment about the holiday community dinner. The pandemic made the group decide to cancel the usual event and instead offer boxes filled with holiday dinner items, including turkeys. The meal boxes will be distributed through the Sunshine Food Pantry. For those who would like a box, you may email rotary members at galtsunrise@gmail.com or text (209) 730-6425 or come to the pantry on Dec. 10.

Parks and Recreation Director Armando Solis thanked the members of Real Life Church for helping out with maintenance and landscaping.