I am looking forward to working with Watkinsville City Council members Marci Campbell, Connie Massey, and the Brian Brodrick, along with fellow new council member Christine Tucker. Suddenly the gender balance has shifted dramatically on the Watkinsville City Council. Many thanks for Mikes Huff and Link for their many terms and service to the City of Watkinsville. I also look forward to learning from Mayor Charles Ivie, City Attorney Joe Reitman, Jr. and City Clerk Julie Sanders.
I have a lot to learn, and a short time to learn it, so I also look forward to hearing from people who not only live in Watkinsville, but also who work, own businesses, own houses, and travel through our wonderful town.
I also really want to hear from all the local folks who voted for Mark Melvin, and want to hear from him as well. I am not sure what a two vote margin allows me in terms of a mandate to do in our town, but I would like to see more recycling bins in a smoke-free Harris Shoals park or possibly along the parade route for the impending Christmas parade.
Again, I greatly respect anyone who wants to run for office, who goes through with the actual campaigning, who knocks on doors, who reads a brochure or card, who actually votes, and who lets their opinion be known. I do believe this was the largest number of candidates locally that we have had in quite some time.
Watkinsville has changed a great deal in the relatively short time of 15 years I have lived inside the city limits. I want to do everything I can to keep the residents safe and happy, so let me know.
I know that after I left this meeting where the various alcohol licenses were renewed and a pair of rezonings for Luke Bishop were passed, the council enacted a dog ban on Rocket Field. I do not want to put our very limited police officers in the habit of having to keep Fido off the field. Most people clean their animal's waste, but evidently one or two did not. I hope we can work with the Code Enforcement officer and perhaps Oconee County Animal Control to keep the field as clean for the football and softball kids as possible.
I do not usually let my dog Katrina run wild on Rocket Field, but I have before. I know lots of other animal owners who do walk their dogs up there. I think there are some people who conduct animal obedience lessons there. Whatever the verdict, animal owners and cigarette smokers should pick up their refuse more than they should, but I am not certain more legislation locally is going to ensure that is going to happen. I am always on the side of being clean and litter free in Watkinsville, however. So clean up your butts and what comes out of your dogs' butts too, please?