Friday, December 19, 2014

New mayor touts founders’ ideals

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 4/18/2014

As Linda Reed thought about what it would mean to guide the city during its sesquicentennial year, she considered the help the community’s five Founding Fathers needed from numerous people to make the community grow and prosper, she said.

Reed was sworn in as Ottawa’s mayor Wednesday night during the city commission meeting at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.

As Linda Reed thought about what it would mean to guide the city during its sesquicentennial year, she considered the help the community’s five Founding Fathers needed from numerous people to make the community grow and prosper, she said.

Reed was sworn in as Ottawa’s mayor Wednesday night during the city commission meeting at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.

Community buy-in is just as important today, Reed said, as it was 150 years ago. It is important the five city commissioners work with county commissioners, the Franklin County Development Council, the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ottawa Main Street Association, the Franklin County Convention and Visitors Bureau and local residents to improve the quality of life for Ottawa’s residents, she said.

Some of those improvements include improving city streets, sidewalks and trails and bringing higher paying jobs to the community, Reed said, as a couple of examples.

“As I think about goals for the coming year, I realized they are not my goals,” Reed said, “they are the goals of the city commission, department heads, our city manager — but ultimately they are the goals of this community ... it’s exciting to be able to serve as mayor during this year.”

Reed, who just wrapped up her sixth year on the commission, will be serving her second stint as mayor.

Mike Skidmore was selected by fellow commissioners to serve as mayor pro tem. Skidmore and Reed were the top two vote-getters in last April’s city commission election.

Reed, Richard Nienstedt, city manager, and other commissioners thanked Sara Caylor, outgoing mayor, for her service and leadership in the past year.

In her closing remarks, Caylor thanked her family, Nienstedt, other city staff and her fellow commissioners for their support during her term. Establishing a new playground and dog park in Forest Park, 320 N. Locust St., were two projects completed under Caylor’s watch, along with a continuing effort to improve city streets, sidewalks and trails. The Ottawa Municipal Airport also underwent several upgrades and established a new fixed-base operator in the past year.

The mayor’s post rotates among the five elected city commissioners each year. Commissioners appoint a new mayor each April. Though her term as mayor wrapped up Wednesday night, Caylor remains on the city commission.

On behalf of the commission, Reed presented Caylor with a plaque in recognition of her work as mayor.

“You led with determination, positive attitude and spirit,” Reed said.

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