PIEDMONT — Leaving and returning City Council members spent much of their Tuesday meeting thanking each other for his or her service and talking about their excitement for the next four years.
The council will be sworn in Nov. 7 with new members Doug Dickeson, Matt Rogers, Greg South and Bobby Hardin. Returning to the council will be Mayor Bill Baker and members Terry Kiser, Ben Keller and Mary Bramblett.
Paying the bills and approving a property abatement, however, were the main items on the agenda.
The council quickly agreed to pay $303,130 for the last two weeks of bills and to abate an abandoned house at 304 5th Ave. so the city would have the legal authority to cut the overgrown grass around it. The council also voted against allowing a resident to de-annex his property from the city so he could raise farm animals.
After that, council members spent the rest of the meeting speaking fondly of each other and their service.
“I've enjoyed serving the voters of District 4 and serving for nine years and I appreciate the votes they gave me,” said Councilman Kenny Kelley, who lost to Rogers. “I know a good man was elected and if he needs help from me, I'm just a phone call away.”
Baker said he enjoyed working with the outgoing council members.
“I wish all these folks the best of luck and appreciate what they've done to improve the city,” Baker said. “I think they all ran with the best intentions.”
Kiser said he was ready to work with the new council.
“I think the new council is going to do great,” Kiser said. “I think the new council will come to work and I think it's going to be a great four years.”
Bramblett, the only council member who ran unopposed, said she was ready for the next four years.
“I'll miss the old people but I look forward to working with the new ones.”