By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
Stanton is slated to become a member of the Association of California Cities, in the Orange County Chapter to the tune of $10,734.82, which will actually be saving the city a lot of money.
Tuesday’s city council meeting saw the city joining the association, re-instating elected council members and picking the mayor and mayor pro tem for 2013.
The ACC provides research and information tracking for cities on topics pertinent to each city interest.
“This is a resource that we tap into to help us research for any issues that come up in the city,” said James Box, city manager.
“At the staff level, I find it a benefit,” said Box.
The ACC keeps digital library sources, an eHub on surveys and projects as well as compendium analysis and tracking of legislation.
“We can go to this agency and they can help us with the database . . . and that can be done simultaneously, with almost no cost to us,” said David Shawver, council member.
Shawver said, “Just the fact that they would be able to help us find out facts and how other cities are doing things, it would save us money on surveys . . . save us thousands of dollars . . . I think of it that I can save money by using them.”
Information needed is tailored to each city via the organizations Internet hub and communication with a liaison.
Council member Al Ethans and former Mayor Carol Warren, re-elected to the council in November, were sworn in as well. Ethans has been on the council since 1996 and Warren since 2008.
The council was re-organized for the 2013 year, with David Shawver as Mayor and Al Ethans as Mayor Pro Tem.
Warren, the 2012 mayor, was given accolades for her work in what was one of the toughest years financially for the city.
“This year has been an incredible learning experience. . . we have been hit by just about everything we could be hit by. Everybody did everything they could to help this city survive,” said Warren.
Also, Terri Marsh, Stanton’s director of administrative services, will be leaving the city to accept a position in Signal Hill. Marsh has been with Stanton for nearly four years.
Marsh said that at the end of her first meeting ever in Stanton, the staff and community members got up and hugged her.
“It was like a feeling of coming home and that is what it has felt like all along,” said Marsh.