Saturday, April 13, 2013

New Councilors Selected

Once again the people of Creswell have a reason, a good reason, to be proud of our New Government. In place of our Mayor hand picking councilors he feels will blindly go along with his agenda, this mayor made the selection of new councilors a public meeting and included those concerned about our city's politics. There was even the opportunity for anyone to speak before the selection process was underway. There were approximately thirty people in the audience. Many to support the candidate of their choice.

Councilors scored the five applicants on their answers to essay questions and on their professional and service backgrounds. At Thursday’s special council meeting, the applicants also were judged on prepared statements and their answers to three questions pertaining to Creswell’s future and strengths, and on relationship building. Several applicants highlighted the importance of the council being more transparent and accessible to the citizenry.

The most touching part of the evening was a heartfelt statement by Councilor Nora Reynolds when she said "I'm happy that the city is once again going to have a full council, of the people, by the people and for the people,” there was a warm applause.

After it was all said and done, Adam Pelatt and Brent Gifford were selected by the council among the five people who applied for the council seats. The others were Ruby Miller, Roy Robertson and Alan Pointer.

It could not have been an easy choice for the councilors as Roy Robertson has lived in Creswell 53 years and has a real view of past and present history. Ruby Miller, is well known as a person of concern and has a good background. Alan Pointer has served on the airport commission and is well known. You would have to say, each and every one would have been a good choice.

We wish the best for Adam and Brent, who are coming on board with our new Mayor, councilors and a new and better way to run our city.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

First Council Meeting in New City Hall Chambers, Great Success

The initiation of the new city hall council chambers couldn’t have been better.  You would never have known there was a championship basketball game on TV with the standing room only audience. You could literally feel the enthusiasm from those in attendance.   

Mayor Stram, the councilors, City Administrator Jamon Kent and Roberta Thorp looked right at home sitting at the very attractive semi circle council table.  The room had a welcoming new smell and a feeling of comfort. 

When asked why he wasn't sitting closer to the councilors, Jamon Kent, sitting at one end of the table by himself, said, "I work for them, they don't work for me, I feel it's better to sit here."  Wasn't that a thoughtful statement, something we have not been used to for many years.  

The meeting was well managed by Mayor Stram.  He seems to be a natural at handling situations with concern and caring.  There were a couple of people wanting to speak, who didn't speak at the public forum part of the meeting.  Mayor Stram made it clear, "While there is a public forum and that's the place to speak, I don't want anyone to feel they can't be heard."  He made a couple of exceptions and that was fine with the audience and showed our mayor knows how to treat people.  

It will be interesting to see how many people have put in a request to be on the council for the remainder of terms vacated by two councilors who resigned.  That meeting will be on April 11th at 7:00 pm.  Hope to see you there.  

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