Anderson takes oath of office
Mayor Dave Anderson took office last Thursday with a call to the De Soto City Council to develop a vision for the future.
"I think we are entering a new era of new vision," he said after taking the oath of office from City Clerk Lana McPherson. "The decisions we make the next four years will leave a footprint on the next 25 years."
Since his election in early April, Anderson said he has met individually with the five council members and asked each to list his or her priorities. Now, he said, it is time to start working to make the priorities become realities.
"How far can you see?" he asked the council. "The real need is for a process and a plan. The future each of us sees must have a plan."
The administration of Mayor Steve Prudden ended with the adoption of minutes from past meetings and the approval of a pay ordinance for April. He then asked De Soto residents' support their new mayor.
"Now that you've picked a new mayor, don't pick on him," Prudden said. "Back him, but don't back him into a corner."
Anderson wasn't the only city official sworn in last Thursday. Emil Urbanek was sworn into his first term on the city council, and Tim Maniez to his fourth.
Maniez was later elected city council president by his four fellow council members. He was unopposed in the race after Brad Seaman, who was nominated for the position by John Taylor, withdrew.
After the meeting, Anderson said he would soon jumpstart the planning process on two issues that came up during his first meeting the city's water utility and need for a new swimming pool. The new mayor said he would produce position papers on both issues this month.
Anderson's first week in office included a Tuesday lunch with city supervisors. He said he told them he thought they were capable of performing their jobs and that he would not be looking over their shoulders.
"That's how I operate my business (CPM Corp.)," he said. "I give my job supervisors credit cards, trucks and everything else they need to do their jobs. I'm not out there telling them how to do screw patterns to make code. They better know that.
"If I am watching you do your job, then you are in trouble."