The New Boss
By Carolyn Carlson
A fresh City Council got down to business Monday, Dec. 7, with Councilors Dan Lewis and Michael Cook on board. Lewis replaces Westsider Michael Cadigan, and Cook takes Sally Mayer’s Northeast Heights seat. Mayor Richard Berry briefly addressed the Council, welcoming the freshman councilors to the table, introducing members of his staff, and pitching harmony and a clean start.
Councilor Ken Sanchez takes the Council’s presidential reins from Isaac Benton. “We live in the greatest city in the country,” Sanchez said. “United as a Council, as an administration and as a city, we can and we will make a difference.”
Trudy Jones is the Council veep. Don Harris is the Council’s budget chairman. He said the upcoming year will be rough, and they may often feel like the dog that caught the car, but the city will get through it by working together.
A large chunk of the agenda was deferred to future meetings, but Councilor Lewis was able to make his first play and get $5 million moving toward finishing construction along Unser between Compass and Lyons. The bulk of the meeting dealt with confirmations of mayoral appointments of David Campbell and Darren White.
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