City gets fresh start
Superior's Common Council is off to a fresh start -- a new mayor, new councilors sworn and leadership selected. Council President Dan Olson will continue to serve in that capacity for another year, and Councilor Keith Kern was elected to serve as...
Superior's Common Council is off to a fresh start - a new mayor, new councilors sworn and leadership selected.
Council President Dan Olson will continue to serve in that capacity for another year, and Councilor Keith Kern was elected to serve as vice president of the Council.
Mayor Jim Paine took a few moments to address the full boardroom during Tuesday's reorganization meeting. He recognized his opponent in the recent election, Councilor Brent Fennessey, for the "great things" he will continue to offer this community.
"And finally, to the people of Superior," Paine said. "You gave me this opportunity and I promise that I will never forget that this office belongs to you and I hold it on your behalf. So you have my promise that I will work every day to make this city the place we know it can be."
Paine welcomed Councilors Graham Garfield and Esther Dalbec back to the Council and recognized newly elected Councilors Jenny Van Sickle and Craig Sutherland.
Former members leaving the Council were also recognized for their work.
After eight years on the Council, Mike Herrick was recognized as one of Paine's first official duties after being sworn in Tuesday night.
"Your dedication to this community is obvious and I've been proud to call you a friend," Paine said. "Thank you, Mike for your unselfish service and time and work."
Councilor Fennessey had the opportunity to recognize his father, former Councilor Tom Fennessey who decided not to run for re-election.
"When I was asked if I wanted to present this ... I jumped on the opportunity," Brent Fennessey said. The younger Fennessey recalled being in junior high school during his dad's first stint on the city council and seeing the time and effort - beyond meetings - to serving on the council.
"For me personally, I couldn't have asked for a better mentor on the city council," Brent Fennessey said. He said it was his father who inspired him to get involved.
Following the presentations, the council got down to business.
"Our citizens want to feel proud of our community," Paine said. "This will be the project of the next two years - mayor, Council and community - I know we can build a city that works for everyone. Thank you for being here tonight, and let's finally and truly get to work."