New members join City Council; John Traeger elected council president

January 6, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:35 a.m. Jan. 6, 2010

As family members watched and cameras flashed, Tola Marts and Mark Mullet joined the City Council on Monday.

The new councilmen took the oath of office before a packed council chamber, where the audience included families, political supporters, former Councilman David Kappler and County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, whose district includes Issaquah.

Deputy City Clerk Randy Reed administered oaths to the new councilmen, as well as incumbents Mayor Ava Frisinger and councilwomen Eileen Barber and Maureen McCarry. The terms end Dec. 31, 2013.

“This is a wonderful start to 2010,” Frisinger said.

Members then settled into a new seating arrangement and breezed through the agenda during the Jan. 4 meeting. The council elected Councilman John Traeger as council president and re-elected Councilman Fred Butler as deputy council president with unanimous votes.

Colleagues lauded Traeger for his knowledge of the council and his involvement in regional committees, like the Cascade Water Alliance, a group focused on water supply issues.

Traeger, elected unopposed in 2007, succeeds McCarry in the top council spot. The council president runs semimonthly council meetings and monthly Committee-of-the-Whole meetings, handles committee assignments and represents the city if Frisinger is absent.

Council members will begin new committee assignments next month, after the council determines how the myriad committees will be structured. When the council met last month to discuss 2010 committee assignments, members indicated the committee lineup would change, and some members said the Council Sustainability Committee should be dropped, with sustainability-related assignments divided among other committees.

Marts succeeded Kappler, while Mullet replaced former Councilman John Rittenhouse.

Marts outpaced Issaquah Highlands resident Nathan Perea, and McCarry bested South Cove real estate agent Joan Probala in the November election. Mullet, Barber and Frisinger cruised to victory in unopposed races.

Frisinger started a fourth term as mayor and Barber began a second term as a councilwoman. McCarry settled into a second full term; she earlier served as a councilwoman from 1998-2000, after she was appointed to the council when then-councilwoman Frisinger became mayor.

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