Following the resignation of Thom Arthur, Ann Bradshaw was selected to be the interim mayor of Brazil, leaving a vacancy of her seat on the council as the representative of Ward 3. The seat was filled by fellow Democrat Steve Lamb after a June 27 caucus.
"It is an honor to hold such an important position in the city's government," Lamb said.
Lamb, who was on the Democratic nomination for the Ward 3 council seat in the May primary election, said he looks forward to making a difference in the community as a council member.
"As of right now, I am running unopposed in the November General Election, and I am excited about having the ability to make a difference in our community," Lamb said. "I know the streets are a major issue, but I would like to see more involvement from the Police Department in the community by holding neighborhood meetings, advocating anti-drug programs."
Lamb said he would also like to see more community involvement in the city's governmental procedures.
"Having the community get involved is important for us to be able to best serve them," Lamb said. "It is somewhat discouraging to see so few people attend city meetings when there are so many residents airing concerns over city matters while around town."
Tuesday's meeting of the council was also the first for Bradshaw as interim mayor.
The council had to elect a new council president, a position Bradshaw held before becoming the first female mayor of Brazil.
Jim Sheese, Bradshaw's mayoral opponent in this November's General Election was selected the new council president. Bill Lovett also received a nomination to become council president, but was removed from consideration after there was no second to his nomination.
The council also voted to draw up a new ordinance which would change the meeting time of the council to only the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., rather than the current meeting times of the second and fourth Tuesday's.
The next regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The council will also be holding a special session on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. at the same location to discuss and potentially approve construction drawings for the detention pond, which will help the progress of the U.S. 40 project. The public is welcome to attend.