The Yakima City Council will hold its first meeting of the new year on January 7th.

Council members will be electing a new mayor and assistant mayor and three council members, Dave Ettl, Micah Cawley and Bill Lover, that were successful in 2013 elections will be sworn into new terms.

The six council members will also be talking about the downtown master plan and a potential plaza and how that fits into the new year.

A new council member is also needed after former councilwoman Sara Bristol resigned her post in December to take a new job in Oregon. The council will start looking over 13 applications from people wanting the job. The person will then have to run for city council in 2015 to serve a full term.