Brown appointed to Blackfoot City Council

Mayor Mike Virtue has appointed Robert Barton Brown, known around the community as Bart, to complete the Blackfoot City Council term of Farrell Cammack.
On Tuesday, city clerk Suzanne McNeel swore him in and he immediately took his place on the council.
Brown, who is a commercial relationship manager at Key Bank, is a Blackfoot native. He is the son of Bob and Cathy Brown. He is married to the former Dana Wyne. They are the parents of Kiah, Kaden, McKenna, Chelsea and Avery.
Following his graduation from Blackfoot High School, Brown earned a bachelor of science degree in agribusiness from Utah State University.
Of his appointment Brown said, "the mayor asked me to do it. I gave it some thought and remembered that I enjoyed my time as Chamber president.
"My family lives in this community so this is a chance for me to give back," he said, "to do my civic duty."
The council unanimously approved the city's tentative budget for 2013. It calls for total expenditures of approximately $15,046,087, an increase of approximately $500,000 over the 2012 budget.
Councilman Rich Woodfin, noting that the budget is basically flat and will require no tax increases while cities around Blackfoot are raising their levies, commended department managers for their fiscal responsibility.
The council will conduct a public hearing regarding the budget on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. The city will publish that proposed budget in the legals of the Morning News twice before that meeting.
In other business the council:
* approved waiver of a $22,000 bond for the Falcon Ridge development.
* tabled a proposed hen ordinance until city attorney Daniel Acevedo can tweak it to address council concerns regarding certain elements. The council will address it again on Sept. 3.
* approved a bid of $51,611 for the asphalt used in resurfacing Fisher Street and Mitchell Lane. Gale Lim Construction made that bid. The construction work will be finished before the start of school the first week in September.
* discussed a possible ordinance regarding the use of metal detectors on city property in front of residences.
* noted that construction work on Cedar Street is scheduled for completion by Aug. 20.