Powell City Council selected a new mayor and vice mayor at its first 2014 City Council Meeting.
Six-year council member Jim Hrivnak was named mayor and four-year council member Brian Lorenz was selected as vice mayor.
Prior to being selected mayor, Hrivnak served on the Powell Planning and Zoning Commission and the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals. He also served as the chair of the Council’s Development Committee and president of the Powell Community Improvement Corporation. He was Vice Mayor of City Council from 2011 to 2013.
Lorenz served on the Council’s Development Committee and as chair of the operations committee, and has been a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
“You might say that I’ve worked my way toward the mayor’s seat,” Hrivnak said. “The mayor is the head of the city and the ceremonial face of the city. And we’re looking forward to exciting 2014.”
Hrivnak said his main focus is leading Powell into new and planned projects, including new traffic flow projects, more bike paths and increased investment in street projects.
“We’re just thrilled to death to make these things happen,” he said. “I’m proud to be in Powell and think most of the citizens would speak that way.”
Hrivnak said Council has a goal-setting session planned for Feb. 3, at which time council would look at new ideas for 2014 and 2015.
“I think you’ll see some new committees coming up, ones that we haven’t had before,” he said. “It’s going to be great. I’m looking forward to it. And the reason that its going to be exciting is the citizens are behind us on what we’re doing.”