Strasburg council honors its departing members

Strasburg Mayor Tim Taylor, left, holds a key to the town that was presented to him Tuesday night during his last council meeting. Tuesday also marked the last meetings of Councilmen Richard Redmon, right, and Bob Baker. Rich Cooley/Daily

STRASBURG — After Town Council adopted its new budget this week, members stopped to thank some of their own as the terms of two councilmen and the mayor end at the end of the month.

Mayor Timothy Taylor, Councilman Richard Redmon and Councilman Robert Baker all made their last roll-call votes of their terms on Tuesday.

Council members offered kind words to their departing colleagues before they all had a chance to offer some parting words of their own.

“You all selected us, and we work for you all,” Taylor told a packed council chamber. “That’s the most important thing to keep in mind.”

Following his speech, Town Manager Ryan Spitzer presented Taylor with the key to the town. Taylor’s sisters and his wife were in attendance for the last wraps of his gavel.

Before Baker said his last words for the public record from his seat, Taylor said he enjoyed the friendship the two forged as neighbors, and that both he and the council learned much from Baker.

“You did an outstanding job, and I’m really proud of you,” Taylor said.

In turn, Baker thanked Strasburg for having him.

“I want to thank the citizens of Strasburg for allowing me the honor of serving them for eight years,” he said.

Along with thanking Councilman Redmon for his service, Taylor made a point to thank Redmon’s service dog, Cooper, “the official council dog.” Taylor said Redmon, who is blind, did an outstanding job as a councilman and never let his lack of sight get in the way of his duty to the town.

“Oftentimes, I forget you can’t see,” Taylor said. “What you’ve been able to do without your sense of sight is amazing.”

Taylor offered some humble words to the town as well.

“Thank you to everybody, for all that you do,” he said.

Come July, there will be a changing of the guard as Councilman Rich Orndorff Jr. takes over as mayor, and Kim Bishop, Shirley Maddox and Barbara Plitt claim the open council seats.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com