Changes are afoot on the Payette City Council: The Jan. 6 meeting would be the last meeting for outgoing Councilors Alan Massey, Craig Jensen and Kathy Dodson.
Seats in the council chambers filled quickly before the meeting got underway, as friends and family wanted to acknowledge outgoing members and newcomers.
Massey made the motion to adjourn sine die, or dismiss the current council, with Dodson seconding. The vote to adjourn was unanimous.
However, before they left, Mayor Jeff Williams presented each with a plaque acknowledging their years of service. Massey served four years on the council, Jensen served eight and Dodson served six.
Two of the outgoing council members had advice for the newcomers:
Jensen reminded the new city councilors to always keep the citizens in mind.
“When you guys are doing the budget this summer, remember it’s not the city’s money you’re spending … it’s the citizens’ money that you’re spending,” Jensen said. “Pay attention to the citizens; If the citizens say something to you that they don’t like or something’s not going the way they should be, pay attention to what they have to say.”
Massey emphasized the importance of working together.
“We’ve all got different agendas, you’ve all got different things that you want to accomplish, but it’s important to remember that you work together as a body and you make decisions as a body,” Massey said. “Listen to each other and work together for the benefit of everybody here.”
As the newcomers took their places on the City Council, Mayor Jeff Williams advised the new Councilors, “This is not a spectator sport, usually.”