A Change in City Politics
There's a distinct change in City politics, Gainesville has a new mayor, and he is vowing to open dialogue between the City Commission and the community. Former City Commisssioner Ed Braddy was sworn in as the new Mayor of Gainesville in front of a packed audience at the Thelma Boltin Center today.
Braddy thanks his opponents in the general election and noted that outgoing Mayor Craig Lowe received the thanks of his supporters. He says at the top of his list is opening dialogue between commissioners and the community. Mayor Lowe put a three minute limit for public comment during meetings in place.
"We have some serious financial questions we have to grapple with, concerning the Biomass contract: the extension of bonds that have been used to finance that, the impact on rates for electricity," Ed Braddy (Mayor) said.
Mayor Braddy says his biggest concern is tackling Gainesville's affordability issue -- that includes addressing the Biomass Power Plant contract. He says the City needs to review the contract and what he says is the high cost it will have on customers.
City Commissioner Randy Wells was also sworn in to serve three more years representing District Four. Wells was elected Mayor Pro Tem.
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