LIMA — “It’s been an honor to serve with you.”
While Councilor Jamie Dixon said the words, all members of Lima City Council had similar sentiments to share with Councilors Sam McLean and Rebecca Kreher’s during 2019’s last council meeting held Monday night.
Once the new year flips over, the two will be replaced with their election challengers, Tony Wilkerson and Peggy Ehora. But before 2020 can arrive, the councilors received kind words from those they served with in the past two years.
“We don’t always agree, but I appreciate the many conversations that we had,” Councilor Todd Gordon said to McLean. “Thank you for the time you spent with me and guiding me along.”
“You may not know it, but there were a lot of hard decisions that had to be made. I would pick Sam’s brain to see if I was in the ballpark,” Councilor Jamie Dixon said.
“I wanted to thank both sides of me here,” Councilor Carla Thompson said pointing to the two councilors she sits between. “Rebecca has saved me from being the only female on council. She’s given good advice and moral support, and Sam has always been willing to answer questions and provide knowledge of his many years of service.”
McLean, who had served on council for the last 12 years, has worked as head of council’s finance committee.
“I wanted to give thanks to Sam for his mentorship and financial advice,” Councilor Jon Neeper said. “And thanks to Rebecca for the same thing. As I got my feet wet in the last few years, I value your advice.”
“I think as a group, we’ve done our part in making our community better,” Council President John Nixon said.
The two councilors had their own thankful words in return.
“I want to thank all of you, the administration, to everyone in this building — the police and fire department — it’s been a real challenge these last 12 years and I enjoyed every minute of it,” McLean said.
“For the last four years, it’s been an experience — developing the skills we had, going on a thousands ride-alongs, that’s just a small exaggeration — I’m grateful for the people who gave me the opportunity to serve the last four years,” Kreher said.
In related news, Lima City Council honored Fire Inspector Chris Jackson for 33 years of service with the city. Jackson initially started with the city as a patrol officer in 1986 before becoming a firefighter in 1989.
For his retirement, council approved a resolution honoring the well-known community member, and he received a standing ovation.
Also, Lima City Council referred the mayors 2020 budget to council’s finance committee. Over the January month, the committee will hear from different department heads about their individual department allocation requests before the budget receives a final approval from council.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.