Fort Saskatchewan's newly elected councillors were sworn in at their first meeting.
 
Mayor Gale Katchur led her team of councillors through a short, half hour meeting in front of a packed audience.
 
"I'm very excited," said Katchur. "We're giving a fresh, new council to go forward and all work together and show that we can be cohesive and make this the best council ever."
 
Despite having to resort to vote-by-hands because of a technology glitch, the significant night wasn't dampened in the slightest.
 
"Nobody can describe that feeling of pride to know that you're going to represent this community for the next four years, I'm just so grateful, there's no words to express my gratitude."
 
In her introductory remarks after being sworn in, Katchur emphasized the council for the 2017 to 2021 term will be the role model that's looked upon for years to come.
 
On the agenda for the evening was the appointment of deputy mayors, councillor Ed Sperling will be in the position until February. Council also approved their meeting dates and times as well as the appointments of council representatives to a number of boards, committees and commissions.
 
Those representing the city include Katchur (mayor), Sperling (re-elected councillor), with newcomers Jibs Abitoye, Gordon Harris, Brian Kelly, Deanna Lennox and Lisa Makin.
 
The next council meeting is on November 2 at 6:00 p.m. to begin discussing the operating and capital budget.

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