BRIGHTON – City Council said farewell to outgoing members and welcomed incoming members during its Jan. 7 meeting at the Armory.
Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Scott, Councilwoman Wilma Rose and Councilman Chris Maslanik said their goodbyes while Joan Kniss, Ken Kreutzer and Mark Humbert were sworn in for their first terms. Councilman Rex Bell and Mayor Dick McLean were also sworn in for their second terms in their respective positions.
McLean thanked each of the out going council members for their service to Brighton and said they will be moving forward as friends.
“I believe we truly accomplished a lot for the city. I think we put our personal differences aside and worked hard on the decisions that were made, that were a lot of the time some very tough decisions,” he said. “In my mind I think the city is a better place today for what the city council has done the last four years.”
Each of the outgoing council members were given plaques from the city as well as gag gifts: A captain’s hat and an air horn for Scott, a bag of potting soil and seeds for Wilma Rose, and a toy dump truck and front loader for Maslanik – representing their areas of interest while on council.
Scott said it’s been his pleasure to serve the citizens of Brighton over the last eight years. He said the city has some of the best staff and offered compliments and anecdotes for each department. Scott noted the city finally got a financial policy, that “miles and miles” of roads has been added to the city and that the city has a great leader in City Manager Manuel Esquibel.
Scott also said council is a very different group and that they worked together well.
“You’re not seeing the end of me, I will be around,” he told, hinting he would be keeping his speeches to five minutes during public comment. “I wish the new council all the luck.”
He also advised incoming council members to watch Attorney Margaret Brubaker’s body language to keep them on track and “out of big trouble.”
Rose thanked citizens for giving her the opportunity to serve them, her fellow council members and city staff.
“It has gone by so quickly, but then I start thinking about the things that this council and my first four year council did, it was amazing. The list goes on and on and on …. but I am so very proud of the fact that we’ve been able to accomplish as much as we have,” she said.
Rose said she’s looking forward to seeing South Main Street opened up and told incoming council members to remember they represent the people and that they should listen to what they have to say.
Maslanik said when he got elected to this position, one of his goals was to make sure that everybody has fun and that they all enjoyed his time together. He shared personal stories about the people he’s come to know and serve while on council.
He said at his job he works with more than 25 cities in three different states and said Brighton has “the most professional, most efficient and most friendly staff” out of all of them.
“I thank the citizens of Brighton very much, it’s been an honor to serve. As with mayor pro tem, I don’t believe you’ve seen the last of me,” he said.
Superintendent for School District 27J Chris Fiedler was also present to give outgoing council members plaques of recognition made by students of Prairie View High School.
After council members were sworn in by Adams County Chief Judge Vince Phelps, McLean told council they have “big shoes to fill” and issued them a challenge to do more.
“There’s a lot of things to do, a lot of things the citizens are going to ask of us and we serve at their will. I’m really happy with the council that’s coming in. You were chosen by the electors, as I was, and we have to do their will...,” he said, adding they are blessed have a great city manager and great city staff to help them.
Kirby Wallin was selected as council’s new Mayor Pro Tem.