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Moving forward with past leaders

October 24, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

It is a piece of the past and the present.

In the village of Westfield, current Mayor Michale VandeVelde called together five previous mayors to discuss the happenings and their experiences. It was a bipartisan event and is something a number of other municipal governments need to consider.

"All the past mayors sat in this seat," VandeVelde said. "What better place to turn to than their experiences with many of the similar problems that I currently deal with. I loved having them here and I will continue to draw from their expertise."

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Current Westfield Mayor Michael VandeVelde put together a luncheon with all the former mayors of the village. Mayor VandeVelde is fortunate to have such a vast array of knowledge to rely on. “All the past mayors sat in this seat. What better place to turn to than their experiences with many of the similar problems that I currently deal with. I loved having them here and I will continue to draw from their expertise.” The former mayors are as follows: left to right, seated: Richard Davies, Linda Dunn, William Christ Jr., Ronald Catalano and David Carr; standing: Michael VandeVelde.

Former mayors who participated in the gathering were Richard Davies, Linda Dunn, William Christ Jr., Ronald Catalano and David Carr. All those former mayors took on the same issues VandeVelde will face.

And obviously, not much has changed over the course of the six mayors. Population continues to decline along with the tax base while leaner budgeting is expected.

But lessons from the past, moving forward, are always important to revisit. Cheers to VandeVelde for putting this together.

 
 

 

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