The Ada City Council elected a new mayor and vice mayor and welcomed a new council member Monday.
Greg McCortney was tapped to serve as mayor and Shane Sweeney was chosen as vice mayor. Both men will serve one-year terms in those positions.
McCortney is starting his first term as mayor while Sweeney will serve a second term as vice mayor.
McCortney said he was looking forward to serving as mayor.
“It’ll be a fun year,” he said. “That’s for sure.”
The council now consists of McCortney, Sweeney, Guy Sewell, Dick Scalf and Darrell Nemecek. McCortney is an at-large representative, and Sweeney represents Ward 2 on the council. Scalf serves Ward 1, and Nemecek represents Ward 3.
Municipal Judge Jim Kemp swore in Sewell and Sweeney, who kept his Ward 2 seat on the commission. Sewell is a newcomer to the commission, having replaced Matt Layton as the Ward 4 representative.
The council also honored Scalf and Layton for their service as mayor and vice mayor, respectively.
In other business, the council accepted a $2,500 matching grant from the Center Point Energy Community Partnership to buy two confined-space entry monitors for the Ada police and fire departments.
The monitors detect combustible gases in confined spaces making it possible for the police and fire departments to respond to calls from residents in those situations.
• Approved Chickasaw Telecommunications Services’ right-of-way permit for fiberoptic cable for the easement at 13th Street and South Broadway ending at the new cell tower at 300 N. Rennie.
• Postponed action on Chickasaw Telecommunications’ right-of-way permit for fiberoptic cable for the easement on the southeast corner of South Cradduck Road and East Pine, ending at the cell tower at 2101 Richland Drive.
Acting as the Ada Public Works Authority, the council approved a lease agreement with Hoppe Aviation LLC to build a private hangar at the Ada Municipal Airport, 2800 Airport Road.
Under the agreement, Hoppe Aviation will lease property for a private hangar at the airport for 15 cents per square foot per year. The initial annual rent is calculated at $6,391.19.
Hoppe has a 30-year lease for the property, ending June 30, 2042. After the first 30 years, the tenant can extend the lease as long as there are no outstanding defaults.