SEASIDE - Seaside Police Officers Jonathan DeVos and Travis Hill were officially sworn in at Monday's brief city council meeting.

"It's always a pleasure to publicly swear in new police officers," Mayor Don Larson said. "We are very blessed, very fortunate to have the officers we have."

DeVos officially started March 9 and previously served six months as a reserve officer with the Astoria Police Department. He is an Astoria High School graduate. Hill started with Seaside Police as a reserve officer in Sept. 2002 and began serving full-time Jan. 1. He is a Warrenton High School graduate.

In honor of National Arbor Day, Larson read a proclamation naming April 30 as Arbor Day in Seaside. Seaside has been named a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the sixth time. On April 8, the city planted three Hogan Cedars, purchased by the city's tree board, near the American Legion on East Broadway Drive.

In other business, the council postponed making an appointment to the tree board until the April 26 meeting to give more people a chance to apply.

Also, City Manager Mark Winstanley informed the council that the city will conduct a tsunami siren test at noon April 23. The test will consist of a three-minute continuous blast.

At the end of the meeting, Council President Diana Schafer thanked the councilors for volunteering to attend various city committee meetings, including the promotions, community center, Civic and Convention Center, airport and library board meetings.

"A lot of people don't realize how much time councilors volunteer outside of council meetings," she said.

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