McKay named as mayor of NC
David McKay, a photographer and graphic artist, is Nevada City’s new mayor.
The Nevada City City Council on Monday voted McKay into office on a 3-2 vote. Council members Tom Balch and Steve Cottrell voted no.
McKay, 51, succeeds Kerry Arnett, who was re-elected to a 4-year council term March 5. Arnett, the manager of a Nevada City video store, served two consecutive years as mayor and, under city rules, could not hold the post again.
Balch, a former mayor, nominated Cottrell for the post, but his motion went nowhere. Cottrell then asked the council to affirm McKay’s appointment.
“I thought we needed to send a message to the community that we are a team,” Cottrell said Tuesday. “We are still going to disagree with each other but we need to disagree as a team.”
“Because of the controversy over the mayorship for the past several years, I thought it was important that we as a council go to work together because we face a very difficult year,” he added.
The council also unanimously voted Arnett in as vice mayor.
Among other duties, council members appoint planning commissioners.
Conley Weaver, an architect and innkeeper who was elected to the council March 5, announced he will retain Victor Prussack on the Planning Commission. Prussack was appointed last year to the commission by Pat Dyer, who did not run for re-election.
McKay said he will appoint Evans Phelps to the commission.
“I’m honored to serve,” Phelps, the owner of the Outside Inn, a motel on East Broad Street, said Tuesday.
Niel Locke was sworn in as the city’s new treasurer. Locke, the owner of Java John’s, a coffee shop, was sworn in wearing a tuxedo and carrying what he said were the symbols of his office – an abacus, a coin changer and a sock filled with candy gold coins.
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