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Uribe Selected City’s Vice Mayor For 2020
Uribe
As part of its beginning of the year activities, First District representative Luis Uribe was nominated as Vice Mayor by Mayor Richard D. O’Brien and appointed by a unanimous vote of the full council at the Jan. 14 session. Ric McGinnis/The News

The Riverbank City Council started out the new year at its Jan. 14 meeting by appointing and swearing in its Planning Commission and selecting a new Vice Mayor.

First District Council Member Luis Uribe was nominated by Mayor Richard D. O’Brien and affirmed by a unanimous vote of the full council. Uribe takes over for Fourth District representative Darlene Barber-Martinez, who held the position for the past two years.

Also, O’Brien issued the oath of office to the Planning Commission members, whose first meeting of the 2020 calendar year was scheduled to be this week. The commission is scheduled to meet on the third Tuesday of each month, when necessary.

Commissioners sworn in at the council session included longtime member Joan Stewart, and Mallory Fenrich, Natasha Basso, and Alternate Be Reuben. Recent appointee Steve Link was also sworn in, fulfilling the unexpired term of former Commissioner Robert Ball.

In other business, the council held a public hearing and a first reading of new zoning ordinances for Riverbank. They will replace somewhat outmoded sign ordinances, updating the zoning levels and adding language for new kinds of business signage.

The second reading should come at the council’s next meeting, scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The council also held a workshop discussing proposed Urban Limit Lines between Riverbank and Modesto. And the council also ratified its committee assignments for the coming year, leaving most with little or no change.

Plan Oath
Mayor Richard D. O’Brien, left, issues the oath of office to new and returning Planning Commissioners at last week’s regular City Council meeting. Members include, from left, alternate Ben Reuben, Steve Link, Joan Stewart, Mallory Fenrich and Natasha Basso. They were presented with certificates of their appointments as part of the ceremony. Ric McGinnis/The News