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GRANOLAPARK • BY GILBERT

Dear Readers,

Oh, you didn’t know it was INAUGURATION DAY?

Yes, it is! The Takoma Park City Council gets inaugurated today. Out with the old, and in with the . . . old. All the incumbents were reelected, mostly by default in challenger-less elections.

Even the Mayor Pro-Tem is the same – councilmember Terry Seamens. He’s the guy who takes over the mayor’s council meeting duties when His Honor Bruce Williams is not there.

Ward 1 councilmember Seth Grimes was unable to attend. Mayor Bruce Williams announced that Grimes fell and had been hospitalized earlier in the day. His injuries were not serious, he said.

The council met as the “old” council, then got sworn in, then re-met as the “new” council.

They did a little business as the new council. Mayor Williams announced a new way to do public comments. The public can make comments on a “voting item” – an item on the agenda – at the beginning of a meeting, rather than waiting until the item comes up  later that evening.

He also pledged to keep public comments to the 3 minute limit, and he urged the councilmembers to keep their own comments short.

Each councilmember made The Required Speech. You know, “I’d like to thank my constituents and my family blah blah blah.”

Then everybody had cake and went home.

Why isn’t cake served at EVERY meeting?

- Gilbert

 

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Loretta Knight, Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams preparing the book and certificates prior to the swearing-in ceremony.

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Loretta Knight, Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams preparing the book and certificates prior to the swearing-in ceremony.

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Ward 4 councilmember Terry Seamens. Dig the lapels!

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Loretta Knight, Clerk of the Circuit Court, administers oath to Mayor Bruce Williams as his spouse Geoffrey Burkhart looks on.

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Loretta Knight, Clerk of the Circuit Court, shakes Mayor Bruce Williams’ hand following his swearing in as his spouse Geoffrey Burkhart looks on.

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Administering the oath. From left: Mayor Bruce Williams, Buddy Daniels, brother of Ward 3 councilmember Kay Daniels-Cohen, Joyce Seamens, wife of Ward 4 councilmember Terry Seamens, Ward 2 councilmember Tim Male, Ward 6 councilmember Fred Schultz next to his wife Nancy Schultz, and Ward 5 councilmember Jarrett Smith. Ward 1 councilmember Seth Grimes was unable to attend.

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View of the swearing-in from the back of the city council meeting room.

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The council sign in as family members, such as Buddy Daniels on left, councilmember Kay Daniels-Cohen brother look on. Kay Daniels Cohen is in the pink sweater.

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The council lines up for the official photo. Tim Male, Kay Daniels-Cohen, Terry Seamens, Bruce Williams, Fred Schultz, and Jarrett Smith.

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Let them eat cake. The apres-inaugural reception.

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Councilmember Fred Schultz misses the last slice of cake as he is interviewed by for the city tv channel.

Loretta Knight, Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams preparing the book and certificates prior to the swearing-in ceremony.Loretta Knight, Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams preparing the book and certificates prior to the swearing-in ceremony.DSC_0006DSC_0007Ward 4 councilmember Terry Seamens. Dig the lapels!DSC_0009DSC_0010DSC_0011Loretta Knight, Clerk of the Circuit Court, administers oath to Mayor Bruce Williams as his spouse Geoffrey Burkhart looks on.DSC_0016Loretta Knight, Clerk of the Circuit Court, shakes Mayor Bruce Williams' hand following his swearing in as his spouse Geoffrey Burkhart looks on.DSC_0019DSC_0020Administering the oath. From left: Mayor Bruce Williams, Buddy Daniels, brother of Ward 3 councilmember Kay Daniels-Cohen, Joyce Seamens, wife of Ward 4 councilmember Terry Seamens, Ward 2 councilmember Tim Male, Ward 6 councilmember Fred Schultz next to his wife Nancy Schultz, and Ward 5 councilmember Jarrett Smith. Ward 1 councilmember Seth Grimes was unable to attend.DSC_0024View of the swearing-in from the back of the city council meeting room.The council sign in as family members, such as Buddy Daniels on left, councilmember Kay Daniels-Cohen brother look on. Kay Daniels Cohen is in the pink sweater.The council lines up for the official photo. Tim Male, Kay Daniels-Cohen, Terry Seamens, Bruce Williams, Fred Schultz, and Jarrett Smith.DSC_0031DSC_0032DSC_0037Let them eat cake. The apres-inaugural reception.Councilmember Fred Schultz misses the last slice of cake as he is interviewed by for the city tv channel.DSC_0045

 

 

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About the author: Gilbert

Gilbert is the pseudonym of a hard-bitten, hard-drinking, long-time Takoma Park resident who maintains the granolapark blog. Gilbert and William L. Brown — Granola Park's mild-mannered chief of staff, researcher, and drink pourer — have never been seen in the same place at the same time.

1 comment

  1. Fred Schultz says:

    Thanks for quoting my comments fairly accurately, except that you left out one of the “blahs.”

    Fred Schultz

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