Friends and family were in attendance and helped fill the Turlock City Council Chamber Room at the December 14, 2010 Turlock City Meeting as Vice Mayor Kurt Spycher participated in his last meeting and newly elected Council Members Bill DeHart, Forrest White and reelected Mayor John Lazar took their oath of office to begin a four year term of public office.
With standing room only and people lined up against the walls, Mayor John Lazar invited Vice Mayor Kurt Spycher to the podium and recognized him for his dedicated service to the City of Turlock as he served as a Council Member for the last four years, and Vice Mayor this past year.
Councilman Kurt Spycher received a proclamation from Mayor Lazar honoring him for his longtime support of community activities in the City of Turlock, worked diligently for the betterment of the economic, cultural, aesthetic development of our community, and how he has contributed to the growth and development of our area through his involvement in One Voice and the regional surface water supply project advisory committee, and where Council Member Spycher has demonstrated in many practical ways his deep and genuine love for our community and surrounding area.
Kurt Spycher acknowledged the great staff and people that he would have otherwise not met except to serve as a Councilman while also thanking them for all their work.
“What a great four years it’s been… We have a great city,” proclaimed Spycher.
The people Kurt Spycher felt were really important to thank were his family, especially his wife Shirley.
“It would be really hard to do this without the love and support of someone like my wife at home all the time,” said Spycher.
Spycher closed quickly with “It’s been a great experience, thank you very much.”
The Fire Department started a tradition when former Mayor Curt Andre left to recognize outgoing Council Members with an honorary fire helmet, and did the same with Councilman Kurt Spycher.
Councilman Ted Howze participated in his last Turlock City Council Meeting two weeks prior when he announced at the end of the meeting that he would not be able to attend the December 14, 2010 Council Meeting due to a business function.
The Turlock City Council voted to accept the resolution announcing the voting results including the 12,673 votes for reelected Mayor John Lazar, elected Council Member William “Bill” DeHart’s 4,555 votes, and elected Council Member Forrest White’s 4,552 votes.
Afterward, Mayor John Lazar, Bill DeHart, and Forrest White took the oath of office required by the State Constitution and were seated to begin a four year term of public office.
The Honorable Judge Mayhew assisted then entire Turlock City Council as they took a special oath of office, a pledge of good government.
The special oath of office began as a Turlock tradition when Councilwoman Amy Bublak was elected in 2008 and took the oath while inviting the other Council Members to do the same.
The new Turlock City Council’s first meeting included the approving a planned development for a family entertainment center with bowling lanes, Ten Pin Fun Center, to be located on Monte Vista Avenue next to Rite Aide and across from CSU Stanislaus.