Waldport City Councilor Peter Kelly, a 12 year veteran of the town’s top level governing body, enjoyed a few laughs and a fond memory or two about his service on the council. He had informed the council earlier that with his and his wife’s family living mostly on the other side of Mary’s Peak, they decided to make seeing them a little less stressful by moving to Corvallis.
His fellow councilors said they’ll miss his “big picture” thinking and his leadership based on his love for Waldport and the people who live there. He said it was quite an adjustment for he and his wife who worked for decades in Portland when they decided to pursue their dream of living full time at their second home in Waldport. “But it’s been very lovely living here all these years. I will miss everyone,” he said.
Mayor Susan Woodruff presented Kelly with a certificate of appreciation for all his years of service to the citizens of Waldport, adding that everyone will miss him too.
And with that, Kelly’s “Goodbye Cake” was summarily portioned out and good laughs filled the room as Kelly was wished good luck, good health and much happiness.
In other council action, they approved the Waldport 2013-14 city budget with one minor amendment – a $500 donation to the Lincoln County Land Trust. Also in the budget was a 3% rate increase for both water and sewer service. City Manager Nancy Leonard said a certain amount of reserves must be set aside every year to properly maintain Waldport’s utilities which also includes replacing lines and machinery that fail due to age or unexpected emergencies.
The rest of the budget, Leonard said, is pretty much steady-as-she-goes. Very similar to the current year’s budget.