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12/12/2013 8:14:00 AM
Blythe's newest mayor - Mike Evans
Timothy 'Tim' Wade to serve as vice mayor
Times photos/JACLYN RANDALLLeft to right: Mayor Mike Evans, Vice Mayor Tim Wade, council members, Oscar Galvan, Joey DeConinck, and Wayne Cusick.

Left to right: Mayor Mike Evans, Vice Mayor Tim Wade, council members, Oscar Galvan, Joey DeConinck, and Wayne Cusick.

Left to right: City Treasurer Christa Elms and City Clerk Mallory Sutterfield.
Left to right: City Treasurer Christa Elms and City Clerk Mallory Sutterfield.
Jaclyn Randall
Former Times Editor

BLYTHE - With a majority vote (3-2), the council voted Mike Evans as Blythe's newest mayor at Tuesday night's meeting. Council newcomer, Tim Wade got the majority vote for the vice mayor position.

Before the council took its vote for mayor and vice mayor, city hall staff and administration presented Sam Patel with a plaque for his dedicated service to the community during his four-year term. Patel served as vice mayor since 2011.

All the officers elected to office Nov. 4 were sworn in at the meeting. Wade, Joey DeConinck, and Oscar Galvan were sworn in for four-year terms on city council. Christa Elms and Mallory Sutterfield took the oath of office for city treasurer and city clerk, respectively. Both won the Nov. 4 election after Blythe residents voted to keep the two positions elected.

Evans said at the meeting, his first action he was going to take was to form an ad hoc committee to oversee, identify, and fix the city's infrastructure, after the first of the year.

Pastor Doug Hutcherson from First Southern Baptist Church blessed the council by first quoting 2 Samuel 23:2-4, saying the scriptures provide "two simple requirements for a ruler and the benefits" of following those rules. The two rules: Great rulers are just in their dealings and great rulers rule in fear of God.

Interim City Manager Frank Luckino presented a forecast of the city's budget showing the bottom line to be better than predicted in July with some issues for the next fiscal year (2014-2015). A complete story will appear in the next edition of the Palo Verde Valley Times.

The council meets again Jan. 14, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 235 N. Broadway.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

To all of the people complaining about me being a Negative Nelly? Think about this for the last 30 plus years, everyone has been wishing the City Council and the Mayor. Luck and best wishes. Hey there Bob,and Mac we'er all behind you and please fix the problems that we have here and make Blythe a booming City. That's the story for the last 30 plus years.

So tell what has happen in the last 30 plus years? Nothing Good. Businesses have closed many people have left and are leaving. No good Doctors or hospital. Internal problem at the college. Mostly all dysfunctional City and County entities that are here that hinder the lives of it's citizens.

So is the above a lie? So is it? Am I making this up? What is the first thing they show in school about problem solving? You have to know what the problem is before you can solve it. So sticking your heads in the mud or sand will not solve the problems that we have here. Wish them away will not work. Pretending that there are no problems won't help either.

So when these men head down that road that will help Blythe, or do something that is right for this City. That will be the time to back them up. Against the Good old boy club.

Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Article comment by: @#!!! @el pica byus

You crack me up! You don't know what the heck you want. I have never ran across a more negative person in my entire life. You tear a person down when they're trying to do something good & just complain when they're not. Yet, we don't see YOU putting yourself out there. Wow way to go. Keep that mentality going because its really working for ya. Yeah that's what we want to teach our youth today....sink the ship before it even leaves the port! Do you have any kind of moral compass in you at all. All you do is spat negativity ALL around you. You should change your name to EL NEGATIVITY. Your post have nothing to do with being BIAS. Look up the definition of the word & learn its meaning because what you write is in no way being BIAS! I applaud all of our council members who have put themselves out there. There's hope yet if they're all willing to do what's best for BLYTHE. CONGRATS to them ALL!!

Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Article comment by: @ El Pica Buyas

You make the children of the corn look like Mary Poppins

Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@....Bull Frog. Then lets all say Good Luck, and well wishes. Plus a lot of padding the backs of the men. We will then light candles for them, then we will dig a well and throw our pennies down for luck. Then we let then know that we are a 100% behind them.

Now we return to the real world, what has the above done to help Blythe? So other than make them feel good. What has it done to help these men make Blythe a successful town?

Again that's the problem no one wants to talk about it. The White Elephant in the room.

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: Bull Frog

Look what all of you are saying. The success of the new mayor and council elect depends on the support they get from us. We elect them and start criticizing before they are on the job. It would be nice for a change to see some comments on here of a positive nature. Blythe has more to offer than most of you realize, and money isn't all that is needed to make us successful. So quit gripping and get on board to do something positive.

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: Misty L


Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@....just me. I heard that you were the founder of The Children Of The Corn Ministry.

But one thing, we all agree on is that Blythe is Broke. No money to do the things that need to be done. That's problem here. It's the White Elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. Because if they acknowledged it they will have admit that they have no clue what so ever on how to handle this problem. AS Steve Palermo has just point it out. AS others also said this Mayor and his little buddy have experience in the business market or matters.

So what will it be spend another fortune on a group of people to tell Blythe how to dig itself out of this problem? So how many times has this been done? But not once have they follow anybody's recommendations.

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: I'm Just Saying

@ El Pico-He maybe dealt the same cards but he has to put his money were his mouth is! We will wait and see how much he changes Blythe! Now he put pressure on himself, and the community is waiting patiently! We will see if it's all hot air! But don't get me wrong I wish him well, we need it! but there still no monies! Blythe is broke!!! We will sit back and wait and call him on it every step of the way!!

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Palermo

@El Pica Buyas:
Looking at the group picture, I notice that Mayor Evans has that man in black Johnny Cash vibe going on. After a time at the helm, his theme song may be "Ring of Fire". Blythe is not so different than so many other cities and small towns around the country. When the economy was growing and money flowed freely into the tax coffers, things could be "almost" certain to work themselves out. NOW, many find themselves painted into a corner, with bond, and city retirement system payouts stressing the budget, IE) Stockton, CA and recently Detroit. Either taxes have to be increased and, (or) debt will have to be reorganized into the PC world of "sustainable" debt. This is what a filing in Bankruptcy court is supposed to do. Review the debts and then distribute the "pain" to all of those who are owed the debt. It all comes down to pennies on the dollar of debt. This will affect the ability to borrow money in the future and it may cost current and previous retirees to get decreased retirement funds and benefits that was promised so long ago.

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: just me@@el pica

I so agree with your comment....Enough is enough....

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Come on people, you have to admit that these Gentlemen look like the cast to a Scary B Movie about cannibals living in an isolated small town out in the country. That lures travelers into it's city limits. Like a King novel made into a movie.

Have any of you people been to the state of Georgia? So whats the first thing you have notice about the girls? Nothing nasty. The chin. Not saying the people here have the same chin.

But over the years most of all people born here have something in-common. No it's not a physical thing. Or maybe it is?

It's the lack of the chance of making it here in Blythe with a good job for themselves and their families. Even if they have a good education. So what has Blythe got to offer it's young citizens? Nothing so until we fix that maybe then we can attract other to come here and invest their lives and money here. So if we can't even do for ourselves how can we do for other as a city?

Yes I have a messed up way of saying things.

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: Wailing with sadness

Oscar Galvan! Are you serious? What were you thinking? Not an ounce of business experience in these two "leaders". Not interested in selling pot, having brothers retire at an inflated rate, or our city leaders use gutter talk to get into RACES.

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: Richard Teskey

Did someone say Banjo's? Expectations are high for Mayor Evans.. I sure hope he can pull it all together, rattle it up and make good things happen. His heart is in the right place and I wish him well. Did someone else say that something happened at the water treatment plant? I'm just say'n.......................

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: Hair Lip

@Well done my friends.
Hey Joe,

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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@....I'm Just Saying. Read what you just wrote. Mayor Evans has the same deck of cards stacked against him as when Mayor Galvan was on. This town is broke it needs money.

So what else are you wanting him to do? Pull a Rabbit out of his hat? Remember those rumors of yesteryear of them opening a Casino near the river.That would be great. This town needs an infusion of money. That would make people get off the freeway and spend money.

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