It was out with the old and in with the new as a new mayor took over the reins at a special meeting of the Minot City Council. There were also new faces, ready to represent their wards in the community, taking the seats of now former council members.
The council met Tuesday night to reorganize in the council chambers at Minot City Hall. Mayor Curt Zimbelman, along with council members Scott Knudsvig, Blake Krabseth and George Withus all gave their farewell comments as they left their seats and offered well wishes to the incoming mayor and council members.
Mayor Zimbelman had a round of thanks to give to various people, but first he thanked his wife, adding that the time commitment being on the council is a tough thing for the family since it's so consuming. Zimbelman also thanked the citizens of Minot.
Chuck Barney, left, holds a plaque as he commends former mayor Curt Zimbelman, right, on a job well done on leading the city. A special meeting of the Minot City Council was held Tuesday night to reorganize for the new mayor and new council members.
"It's been an honor and a privilege to represent the city of Minot," he added. "I feel pretty good about going out." Zimbelman said he has made good friends and good relationships along the way. He recognized a special friend, Alan Walter, and noted how they had spent a lot of time together during the 2011 flood. Walter was the city engineer during the flood.
"There have been ups and downs, but it has been a fantastic ride," Zimbelman said before adjourning the meeting for his final time.
During a brief interlude in the meeting, the placards with the names of the out-going mayor and council members were removed. They were then replaced with placards with the names of the new members and mayor.
New council members include Miranda Schuler, Benjamin Berg and Dave Pankow.
As the newly elected mayor, Chuck Barney called the second half of the meeting to order and gave a short speech about what a good job Zimbelman had done as mayor and hoped to be able to fill his shoes.
"I know he's ready to do the job," Zimbelman said.