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story.lead_photo.caption City of California Board of Aldermen incumbents Lorrie Grimes, Bryan Lawson and Resa Dudley were sworn in for new terms at last week's special session. All three ran unopposed on the municipal election ballot earlier this month and will serve a two-year term. Photo by Austin Hornbostel / California Democrat.

The City of California Board of Aldermen met for a special session last week, during which the group verified results from the June 2 municipal election and lifted some restrictions that had remained in place during a portion of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ward 1 Alderman Lorrie Grimes, Ward 2 Alderman Bryan Lawson and Ward 3 Alderman Resa Dudley were all sworn in for new two-year terms at the meeting. All three candidates were incumbents and ran unopposed on the June ballot. In addition to verifying the results of the election, the Board of Aldermen voted to continue with alderman Lanny Ash serving as board president pro tem.

The group also discussed some changes made at some of the city's public spaces, including Proctor Park. The restrooms at the park were opened last Tuesday, as were California's tennis courts. These changes join some that were made at the City Council's last regular meeting, including the reopening of shelter houses at the park.

California mayor Norris Gerhart said if things get out of hand with the spread of COVID-19 in the county, the city will close the tennis courts again. Otherwise, a slow return to normalcy in California has continued following the start of the second phase of the statewide Show Me Strong Recovery Plan midway through June.

The City of California Board of Aldermen's next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 6.

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