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Four community volunteers were recognized for their service at this week’s Creswell City Council meeting. The men – having had collectively served Creswell for almost 46 years – received Volunteer Service plaques as Richard Zettervall’s first official action as Creswell’s new mayor on Jan. 7.
Lloyd Safley was recognized for serving on the Planning Commission for over 34 years, and has been a large part of the development we see around us in Creswell everyday, Mayor Zettervall said during the presentation.
”Lloyd told me that the majority of homes in Creswell were built during his time on the Planning Commission,” Zettervall said.
He said the homes around Emerald Valley Golf and Resort and the large developments on the west side of town did not exist when Safley began his service to the community.
Al Bennett was honored for having spent three years serving on the Parks and Tree Advisory Committee and for having previously served on Creswell City Council. Mayor Zettervall said that that experience, coupled with his interests as an avid runner and cyclist, has made Bennett ”a person with a unique perspective and unique ideas. Your thoughts on the possible creation of a bicycle way station park in Creswell will be missed.”
Gary Mounce (not present at meeting) was honored for his three years spent on Creswell City Council. ”During this time, Gary used the administrative skills that he used in Creswell School District as an asset to the entire council,” Mayor Zettervall said. He said Mounce always reminded council of policy, which he was a stickler for.
”Gary has been part of many important decisions, various master plans, the strategic plan and served with me me on Creswell’s first-ever Water Rate Advisory Committee,” Zettervall said.
Dave Stram was the next to receive a plaque, who began serving Creswell as the newly elected mayor on Jan. 7, 2013 – six years to the day of Monday’s meeting. Mayor Zettervall said that Stram was new to office in times that were difficult and challenging in the city’s past.
”During his time, Dave guided the city council out of that time, to where we are today,” Zettervall said.
He said the city has an outstanding city manager and city staff who are working very well together with city council.
”We have a new mayor, and two new councilors. All seven of us are very excited to get to work serving Creswell in 2019 and beyond,” he said.
Zettervall mentioned Stram’s 2017 Oregon Mayor’s Association Mayor’s Leadership Award for small cities and said that Creswell is a better city because of him.
Check out next week’s edition for a full look at what else happened at city council on Jan. 7.



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