TUSAYAN, Ariz. - John Schoppmann was sworn in as a newly appointed council member for the town of Tusayan Sept. 16.
Tusayan council members interviewed three applicants for the position during a special meeting held in executive session Sept. 16.
Immediately following the special meeting and during the regularly scheduled council meeting, Councilman Al Montoya motioned to appoint Schoppmann to serve on the Tusayan council. The motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Craig Sanderson.
Greg Bryan, mayor of Tusyan, administered the oath of office and welcomed Schoppmann to the council.
"Congratulations, it is nice to have you on board," Bryan said.
Schoppmann stated in his application three things he believes are important to the Tusayan community: affordable living and housing for residents, internet connectivity and availability and retail and mercantile opportunities for residents.
"I have a sincere desire to better the town of Tusayan and help promote its future growth," Schoppmann stated on his application.
Schoppman will serve on the town council until the next election.
Other council news
Bill Bolin, vice president of operations with Systems Technology Staffing, LLC, and his associates gave a presentation for broadband improvement for the town.
Council members are waiting on further information to be provided before decisions are made for possible fiber optic cables providing improved internet and cable connectivity in Tusayan.
Councilman John Rueter gave an update on the League of Arizona Cities and Towns annual conference where he represented the town of Tusayan.
Rueter stated the conference was very informative and encouraged all council members to attend in the future.
Council members discussed the status of Grand Canyon National Park's Medical Clinic and stated clinic officials will give a presentation to the council at an upcoming meeting.