The Monterey City Council on Tuesday will see a changing of the guard.
One veteran council member, Jeff Haferman, will be recognized for his eight years of service, while a brand-new council member, Monterey Peninsula College instructor Alan Haffa, will be sworn into office.
Haferman chose not to run for re-election in the Nov. 6 election, in which Haffa and incumbent Councilwoman Libby Downey won four-year terms. Downey will start her third term Tuesday, and Mayor Chuck Della Sala, who ran unopposed, will begin his fourth term.
The new council will face a number of issues in the coming year, not the least of which will be working toward a new water source for the Monterey Peninsula, replacing long-time City Manager Fred Meurer and renovation plans for the city Conference Center.
On another ceremonial note, the council will present the Fire Department's highest award, the medal of valor, to firefighter Neal Hurd for his actions July 18 while fighting a fire at the Golden Oaks Condominiums on Mar Vista Drive.
Hurd was with two other firefighters in a ventilation group on the third-floor roof when Capt. Justin Cooper's leg sank through the roof, and he was partially engulfed in flames.
"Firefighter Hurd saw that Capt. Cooper had fallen through, and he immediately turned and pulled him up and out of the hole in the roof," the award citation says.
Also Tuesday, the council will:
· Recognize the 20th anniversary of First Night Monterey, the city's alcohol-free celebration of the new year.
· Hear an update on the regional water project and Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority, and receive a presentation on groundwater replenishment from the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency.
If you go
·What: Monterey City Council
·When: 4 p.m., Tuesday
·Where: Council chambers, 580 Pacific St., Monterey
If you go