(Neb)-Miles Bannan New Chadron Mayor Listen
CHADRON - It was the changing of the guard for the Chadron City Council last night as Mayor John Coates left after completing his term and Cheryl Welch joined after taking the oath of office along with re-elected councilmen Miles Bannan and Mark Werner.
After the new council was sworn in, elections were held for council president and vice president - who also serve as mayor and vice mayor. Bannan, vice mayor the past 2 years, was elected mayor on a 3-2 vote over George Klein while Keith Crofutt was the unanimous choice as vice mayor.
Just before the new council was seated, Coates gave his farewell address and said he had mixed emotions on leaving even though he made the decision not to seek a second term. His feeling were clear as he related stories from his unsuccessful run for the council in 2010 and his successful write-in effort in 2014 with Bannan and Werner as Team Chadron.
Coates was mayor his final 2 years on the council, but the full 4 years saw completion of a number of major construction projects in Chadron.
Those include the Chicoine Center, Eagle Ridge housing, Rangeland Center, and new Don Beebe Stadium/Elliot Field at Chadron State College, repaving of Highway 20/3rd Street by the state, and the city's Aquatics and Wellness Center.
Coates said sitting on the steering committee for the Aquatics Center was one of the most interesting things he's ever done, but that the most memorable experience of his time on the council and as mayor came during the preparation for this past summer's State Fly-In at the Chadron airport when he was able to interview 19 veterans of WWII..
Coates retired from Wahlstrom Ford about the team he joined the city council and never missed a council session his entire 4 years. He plans to watch future meetings online and to enjoy having his wife join him in retirement early next year.
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