Council chambers swells with welcomes, farewells

Cedar City Councilmen Don Marchant and John Black say their goodbyes to colleagues and community in City Council Chambers, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 16, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — Cedar City Council Chambers filled with laughter and even a few tears Wednesday night as council members and administrators gathered with the community for the final meeting of 2015, a meeting complete with a swearing-in, goodbyes and welcomes.

Cedar City Recorder Renon Savage officiates the swearing in of Bryan Moore as part of the Cedar City Police Department, Council Chambers, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 17, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller St. George News
Cedar City Recorder Renon Savage officiates the swearing in of Bryan Moore as part of the Cedar City Police Department, Council Chambers, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 17, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller St. George News

The council first swore in new Cedar City Police Officer Bryan Moore who comes to the department from Garfield County Sheriff’s Office in Panguitch. Moore was joined by his family and several Cedar City police who came to show support for their new brother-in-arms.

Next, Councilmen Don Marchant and John Black gave comments in anticipation of their four-year terms ending Jan. 4, 2016. Their seats will be filled by Terri Hartley and Craig Isom.

Black said, “I just want to take a minute tonight – I think January the fourth is going to be a time for coronation and for welcoming in, not for saying goodbyes.”

Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson presents Councilmen Don Marchant and John Black with a commemorative piece thanking them for their service to the community, Council Chambers, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 17, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson presents Councilmen Don Marchant and John Black with a commemorative piece thanking them for their service to the community, Council Chambers, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 17, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

Marchant said, “To those who will take our place: They won’t really take our place, they will assume places of their own.”

Marchant challenged Hartley and Isom to match his attendance record of 100 percent while serving on the City Council.

“I hope you will accept that challenge,” he said, “and I hope you will meet it, because that’s what we do – that’s our commitment — to serve the people.”

Black said he thought he understood fairly well what it takes to make a city run having been a municipal employee all his life. He couldn’t have been more naive, he said.

“What an eye opener,” Black said of his term in office. “But I will tell you, to the public, there’s a lot that goes on that unfortunately we in the public don’t get to see, we don’t get to feel, and we don’t get to experience and it’s been an eye opener – a good one.”

Both Black and Marchant said the learning curve was strong when they first took their council seats four years ago.

Marilyn Kidwell, a resident in the unincorporated areas of Iron County brought parting gifts to thank Don Marchant and John Black for their service to Cedar City for the past four years, Council Chambers, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 16, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
Marilyn Kidwell, a resident in the unincorporated areas of Iron County, brought parting gifts to thank Don Marchant and John Black for their service to Cedar City for the past four years, Council Chambers, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 16, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

“I have been mentored by more people than I can count who knew a whole lot more than I did going in,” Marchant said, “… (people) who were kind enough to show me the way and to talk to me about those specifics that I needed to know in order to understand what was going on and how to best serve our community.”

In closing, Black urged the future council and city administrators to strongly consider consolidating golf course management with Cedar City Leisure Services. Doing so would streamline services that would be more conducive to future growth in the community, he said.

He also encouraged the city to work harder on developing the arenas in the community, calling them a virtual gold mine for the town. 

“They can be an even bigger economic impact than they are right now,” Black said. “I would hope that we expand our support for the arenas.”

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