Brian Witt has been officially certified for Position 5 on the Bellaire City Council, following a scheduled council meeting on Dec. 20.

Witt won the Dec. 11 runoff election, with 53.24% of the vote against his opponent, Andréa Ehlers.

Witt joins Winfred Frazier and Ross Gordon as the newest members of the council. Both council members won their races—for positions 1 and 3, respectively—in elections held in November. All three council members are new to the council this year.

Council members are up for election every four years. In 2024, positions 2, 4 and 6 will be available.

Also during the Dec. 20 meeting, the Council approved the purchase of a prefabricated restroom in Mulberry Park at the cost of $95,879.

Located off Mulberry Lane in Bellaire, the park features baseball fields, a picnic table area, a playground and a tennis court among other amenities.

Construction on the new restrooms is slated to wrap up at the start of the summer in 2022.

The official certification was preceded by the announcement that Dec. 20, 2021, would be proclaimed Officer Charlie Hayden Day. The announcement was made in coordination with Stuff the Sleigh, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children affected by cancer and their families. Four-year-old Charlie Hayden was made the youngest honorary member of the Bellaire Police Department on Dec. 9.