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Daniel sworn in to Rincon council
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Rincon Mayor Ken Lee, right, administers the oath of office to new council member - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

Ann Daniel took her seat on the Rincon City Council on Wednesday night, after she was sworn in as the council’s newest member.

Daniel was the leading vote-getter in November’s municipal election, and incumbents Paul Wendelken and Reese Browher were re-elected to the council. Wendelken was also sworn in Wednesday night.

Wendelken is beginning his fourth term and Browher is starting a third term.

Browher’s swearing-in will have to wait since a work commitment prevented him from attending the meeting.

“I’m looking forward to this year,” Mayor Ken Lee said. “We’ve got a lot of experience coming back on with Mr. Wendelken and Mr. Browher. We’re looking forward to some great things this year.

Daniel assumed the seat vacated by Lamar Crosby, who opted not to run for re-election. Crosby was in attendance for the swearing-in ceremonies.

“I want to thank Lamar Crosby for his four years of service,” Lee said. “He’s been a valuable asset. I want to say thank you for the last four years and for what you’ve done for the city.”

Council members had few action items during Daniel’s first council meeting, but they did approve a job description for a construction inspector. City Manager Donald Toms said the need for a construction inspector was identified during the budget process.

Toms also said the city has received three bids for solid waste service, with Republic, Waste Pro and Waste Management having submitted prices. Republic is the current contract holder.

Waste Management has the lowest bid and Toms is waiting on contracts from each of the companies to see if they can meet the city’s needs and its timeline. He told council members he hopes to have those contracts in hand by Monday so the council can vote on it at its Jan. 8 meeting.

“We’re hoping for a Feb. 1 contract date, or sooner,” he said.