WAUSAU — Two new Wausau Town Council members took their seats on the panel Thursday following a swearing in ceremony conducted by Washington County Judge Colby Peel.
Marlene Carter Blount and Kerry J. Collins were sworn in as council members, while incumbent Bobby J. Phillips was re-installed as a town councilman.
The three council members were elected on Dec. 11 during the citywide general election. Phillips and Blount will each serve four-year terms, while Collins will serve a two-year term.
Thursday was the last meeting for Roger Hagan and Gail Culbreth, who served as mayor and mayor pro-tem, respectively.
“The people of Wausau have be gracious to us,” Hagan said, to let us serve here in our hometown.” Although some people who ran for town council may have gotten few votes than others, no one was a loser in the election, Hagan said. “Even if you don’t get all the votes, you’re still a winner if you run for office because you got out there and got involved.”
Hagan was also honored with a framed copy of a resolution recognizing Hagan as an “outstanding public servant” from the Florida League of Cities, presented by Membership Manager Mark Sittig of Tallahassee.
The council elected new officers, with Phillips being named mayor and Councilman Dallas Carter being chosen as Mayor Pro Tem.
Council liaisons were also named, with Carter serving as council liaison for streets, Collins serving as liaison for parks and Blount serving as liaison for the water department.
The council approved Clerk Margaret Riley’s request to pull the necessary permits for the annual Fun Day/Possum Day parade, to be held on Aug. 3, and the annual Christmas parade, to be held on Dec. 14. Both parades will be held at 10 a.m.
The council also approved moving forward with establishing a Christmas decorations award program, to be judged by the Wausau Garden Club.
Paul Goulding of the Goulding Agency in Chipley also approached the council about extending the agency’s contract to handle the city website for an additional two years.
“There is no charge for this service,” Goulding said, noting that state requirements for towns to have websites were about to become law.
Goulding asked the council for an acknowledgement that they would like for him to continue the service and the board voted to let the Goulding Agency continue to provide website services.