Hello, Mayor Marty

A young man had an opportunity to achieve one of his lifelong dreams Monday night during the City Council meeting in Webster City. He had a chance to run the city – even if it was just for a little while.

Marty Matteson, Webster City, took the mayor’s seat Monday to preside over the first portion of the City Council meeting. Sitting beside him was Janet Adams (the official mayor) and City Clerk Karla Bonjour.

Matteson welcomed those in the audience and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. He also called for the vote to approve the night’s agenda. Matteson then asked for any public input or public information. He called on recognized council members as they shared information on the recent Summer Nights program and talked about the upcoming Boone Bash River Dash.

As the council moved into its general agenda, Adams thanked Matteson for his service. She explained that he had visited with some city officials – including Adams – this week to interview them for a Friends Forever project.

“During our talks, he told me that one of his dreams was to be mayor of Webster City,” Adams said. “I thought we ought to make that happen.”

She said she talked with several people who helped to set up the ceremonial post for Matteson.

The young man thanked Adams and the other council members.

“Thanks for accepting me,” he said. “I’m a very lucky young man. Thank you for everything,” Matteson said.

In the audience were to watch him were his mother, Marilyn Doocy, his girlfriend, Amber, and Kenric Weinshenk, director of Friends Forever.

As he left the council table, Adams presented him with a plaque commemorating the event.

Other business

In other business, July 15 at 7:15 p.m. was set as the date and time for a public hearing on the designation of the 2013 Fair Meadow Urban Renewal Area and on the urban renewal plan and project for Webster City Federal Savings Bank.

The City Council also approved the employee pay plan for 2013-2014 which calls for 2 percent base wage increases for both employees in the three unions – Iowa State Police Association local 32, Iowa Professional Fire Fighter’s Local 1940 and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 234 – and non-bargaining employees.