Fate Mayor Lorne Megyesi gave an emotional farewell to the council Monday evening, thanking staff and council members for serving the city for five years.
Megyesi on Saturday lost his bid for reelection to former Councilman Joe Burger. He will be sworn in at a special meeting scheduled May 13. Votes from the May 2019 election will also be canvassed at that time.
During the portion of the meeting set aside for mayor reports, Megyesi took the time to address city council members and staff. He also thanked his family for their love and support.
“I think the next few years are going to be critical for the city, and I think our growth will continue to grow, and that we’ll have a city that we can all be proud of,” Megyesi said.
Megyesi told heads of the city’s departments that their work does not get enough recognition, and said they are a true asset to the city.
As for City Attorney Brenda Mcdonald, Megyesi said she was a true friend.
“You are a special gift to the city,” he said.
Megyesi urged Mayor-elect Joe Burger to learn from the city staff and to listen to their direction, and said his hopes are that the current and incoming council members work well together.
“We’ve got new leadership coming in. We’ve got some new direction, new changes – everybody please try and work together and help each other,” he said.
Just as he did at the start of his mayorship five years ago, Megyesi said he would end his term by leading the invocation prayer at the beginning of the meeting.
“This is my last city council, and I started out my mayorship doing the prayer, and I’m going to end it in the prayer,” he said.
In 2014, Megyesi defeated Bill Broderick for the mayorship of the town in May 2014, when Burger also joined the council along with Steve Hermann, who did not seek another term on council seat 6.
John Hamilton defeated John Brandt for Hermann’s seat on the council on Saturday. Both Burger and Hamilton attended the Monday council meeting. Allen Robbins ran uncontested for Burger’s former seat on the council.
Robbins had been appointed to serve out the remainder of Burger’s term, but will be sworn in alongside the other new councilmembers next week.