New Mayor on the Hill

noll-marj.jpgBy Nick Diamantides
Staff Writer

Mike Noll became the Mayor of Signal Hill Tuesday night, promising that the city will stay on the course it has maintained for many years. “Myself and the city council want to thank our residents for their continued support and trust in our ongoing efforts in making the City of Signal Hill a better place,” he said.
Every spring, the council appoints one of its members as mayor. Noll’s predecessor was Tina Hansen. On Tuesday night, to no one’s surprise, the council unanimously voted to move Noll into that position, and appointed Councilwoman Ellen Ward as the new vice mayor. Later, Councilmen Ed Wilson and Larry Forester were appointed chair and vice chair of the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency.
Noll noted that much has been accomplished in the city, but he gave credit to the city manager, city attorney, chief of police, all department heads and employees for the city’s many successes. “We have a busy agenda again this year and with the help of our city team, we will (have) lots of results,” he said.
After Noll’s comments, Hansen was presented with proclamations, and certificates of commendation from representatives of a wide array of elected officials. “It was a very quiet year and that’s a good thing,” Hansen said afterwards. “That means we are on our course that we have charted. We’re moving forward.”
After the reorganizing of the council, everyone walked to the Signal Hill Community Center for the Mayor’s Reception. More than 100 people attended the party, which included champagne, a buffet dinner and live piano music. The next meeting of the city council is scheduled for 7 p.m., April 8 in the City Hall council chambers.

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