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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