by Mayor Tammy

The New Year ushers in some changes for the Meridian City Council. Our Council President Keith Bird retired after 20 years serving on the council - he will certainly be missed. As we begin 2018, I am looking forward to continuing the City’s work with our City Council and welcoming our newest member on board!

In November the people went to the polls to fill three of our six City Council seats. Two City Council members are returning to serve our community: Joe Borton and Luke Cavener. Both have proven to have a heart for Meridian. They are dedicated to involving the public in government and have proven that our citizens’ voices do make a difference in the decisions they make! I look forward to continuing to learn from them and work with them.

Treg Bernt is our new City Councilman, but serving Meridian is nothing new to him. He has served on the Parks and Recreation Commission and believes open spaces, parks and connected pathways are important to our community identity. During his time on the Impact Fee Advisory Committee, his focus was to make sure that growth pays its way. Most recently Treg was on the Planning and Zoning Commission where he showed a respect for the citizen voice and that growth should be responsible. His depth of knowledge about our city and his commitment to our community make him a great addition to the City Council. 

Treg, Luke and Joe will be sworn into office at the end of the Meridian City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. This will also be Council President Keith Bird’s final meeting ahead of the swearing in ceremony.

Of course these three join our other council members; Genesis Milam, Anne Little Roberts and Ty Palmer. Together they will be asked to make decisions that are best for our community. It’s important that your voice is heard! Our council meetings are every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., except for the second Tuesday of each month when the meetings begin at 3:00 p.m. You’re invited to attend in person at Meridian City Hall or view a LIVE video stream online at www.meridiancity.org from the comfort of your home.

We have a lot happening in Meridian and I’m excited to update you about what’s going on and what we accomplished this past year at my annual State of the City Address and Taste of Meridian. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at 4:29 p.m. at Meridian Middle School. Why 4:29 p.m.? Because it’s hard to forget! Join us to learn more about what’s to come and what your Elected Officials and our City Staff have been working on this past year.

 I’m looking forward to 2018, as I hope that you are too. My wish for you and yours is a happy, healthy and wonderful new year!**

 Connect with the Mayor and City Council atwww.meridiancity.org/city_council.

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