Carbondale City Council seats new member

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Dustin Duncan
Carbondale Times

It was a bit of the same and a little bit of new flavor to the Carbondale City Council Tuesday night. 

Councilwomen Jessica Bradshaw and Carolin Harvey continue to hold their seats on the council for the next four years, and all the way on left end of the table former Carbondale city manager Jeff Doherty was seated to start the proceedings Tuesday. 

Carbondale City Clerk Jennifer Sorrell swore in all three elected officials. 

After the swearing in, former council member Lee Fronabarger was the recipient of a resolution commending him for his six years on council. 

“Lee M. Fronabarger is herby commended for his work and dedication on behalf of the city of Carbondale for nearly six years of service as well as the contributions made to the city personally and professionally,” the resolution reads. 

Fronbarager was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council on June 7, 2011 and was then elected at-large in 2013.  He said he didn’t expect any special treatment on his way out of the public service light. 

“I was really surprised,” he said. “I feel very honored and thankful. It was an honor working with them.”

He said he’s looking forward to home remodeling projects on his personal agenda now. 

As for Doherty, he’s back on the side of the council he was once familiar with, but he’s now on the policy-making side of things instead of managing staff. The former city manager of 16 years retired from the city in June 2008. 

On Tuesday, he said it was time to get to work. 

“I’m excited to do the people’s business,” he said. “That is what the Council does.”

He said there isn’t an agenda for him at the moment and mentioned there is a lot going on in the city. 

“I’ll be supportive of the previous projects that the previous council laid out and adopted in the budget and make sure those are carried through.”

Also on Tuesday, the council passed a resolution finalizing the voting totals in April’s General Election. The totals showed Harvey received 1,269 votes, Bradshaw received 1,037 votes, Doherty received 1,000 votes and Fronabarger received 946 votes. 

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry said there were 1,848 voters in the April election. He called the turnout “disappointing.”

“I encourage all residents to take the time, learn the issues and please, please go out and vote,” he said. 

After the meeting, there was a reception for the newly elected council members.