BISBEE — The Bisbee City Council has gained two more women, and residents cheered as Joni Giacomino and Leslie Johns were sworn in by Justice of the Peace Adam Ambrose to serve their two-year terms.
Johns represents Ward 1, Old Bisbee and Lowell, while Giacomino will constituents in Ward 2, Warren.
Ambrose also swore in Anna Cline, who will continue to serve Ward 3, San Jose, as she has for the past 12 years, along with David Smith as mayor for a second term.
Johns and Giacomino are Bisbee natives, as is Cline, and are proud to be serving their communities.
Johns said prior to the meeting, “The next year will probably be a steeply curved learning experience, and I'm looking forward to it.”
She continued, “My broadest goal is to establish a rapport with Ward 1, and figure out how to be accessible to constituents in a way that respects everyone's time and privacy. I want as many of my constituents as possible to feel heard and represented. Other goals will probably center around my assigned committees.”
Johns was assigned to the Airport Advisory Commission, the Committee on Disability Issues and Design Review Board as council liaison.
“I look forward to working with everyone on those committees to preserve our airport, protect our vulnerable populations, and preserve our historic district,” she said
Giacomino stated, “Some issues I am looking at are outsourcing and spending. I am concerned what continual outsourcing will do to our community. I am also concerned how the city's debt keeps increasing. I would also like to see the city get back on track with street repair.”
Giacomino was appointed to the Civil Service Commission, Community Sustainability Committee and Police and Fire Advisory Board. She also also is looking forward to working with the committees and commissions I am hoping to meet with the commissions I have been appointed so that I can meet those people who give their time to offer suggestions on improving Bisbee.
Councilmen Frank Davis, Ward 1, and Doug Dunn, Ward 2, were presented with plaques by Smith in honor of their service on the council. Dunn served for six years and Davis two.
Smith appointed Cline mayor pro tempore to act in his place when he cannot make meetings.
In other business, the Council approved a rezoning of a 2,125-square-foot property at 207 Tombstone Canyon, next to High Desert Market Café, from residential to commercial mixed-use designation as requested by owners Dennis and Donna Gatten. The property has a home that was used as a bakery and now will become a restaurant. On-street parking is available, meeting city code.