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City Council to have new faces

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Brazil City Council meetings will have a slightly different look, come January. Only three of its current members were re-elected Tuesday, James Sheese (R), Ward 1; Pat Heffner (R), Council-at-Large; and Ann Bradshaw (D), Ward 3.

Others who won are Marty Beasley (D), Ward 2; and Bill Lovett (D), Ward 4. Current Council member Tom Arthur will be attending the meetings with a different title: Mayor, and Patricia Rogers Whistler (D) will be the new clerk-treasurer.

One thing all the winners agree on is that they do not know what will happen once they all take office. But as of right now, it seems that many common goals are shared throughout the group. The hard part will be putting them all together with a new group of people.

"Things are going to be different" with two new people, in Sheese's opinion.

He added that his main concern is to "try to keep staying out of debt." He said that at the moment, the city does not owe a lot of money and he is hoping they can keep it that way.

Heffner also feels that with two new members and a mayor, there will be some changes made, but she is confident she will be "able to work with anyone."

She says cleaning up the city will still be at the top of her list and she that she has been very pleased with recent progress in that area.

City clean-up was also mentioned by Beasley and Lovett. Both also discussed the need for street repairs.

Beasley wants to improve traffic flow and make sure streets are wide enough for emergency vehicles. He also wants to work on getting more grants for the city. Mostly, he is interested in finding out exactly where the city's money goes.

Lovett acknowledges that the members of his party "made some statements" and is confident that they are going to "do our darnedest to back it up." He wants to make sure that something is accomplished in the next four years, including bringing more businesses to Brazil. Overall, he hopes to make Brazil "a better and cleaner place to live."

Getting the streets paved is one of Bradshaw's main concerns. She is also eager to draw new industry to the city in order to create more jobs. She feels they will have to work on these things as money becomes available and that the city will have to "just keep moving forward."

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