Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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Lincoln City Council honors Alderman Verl Prather, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs and Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman

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[April 21, 2009]  At Monday night's meeting, the Lincoln City Council honored members who will soon be departing. The terms of Alderman Verl Prather, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs and Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman expire on April 30.

Davis-Kavelman was called out of town on short notice when her husband fell ill and had to be hospitalized. At the time of the meeting, there was no word on his condition, but the mayor had relayed to Alderwoman Marty Neitzel to take the position of mayor pro tem and go ahead with the resolutions and plaque presentations.

Neitzel read a resolution for each of the departing council members, recognizing their terms of service and dedication to the city.

Prather has served on the council a total of 15 years, first as an alderman in Ward 4 from May 1, 1993, to May 31, 2000; then he was elected alderman for Ward 2 in 2001 and will serve through May 4.

As she presented the plaque of appreciation to Prather, Neitzel said: "I know you've worked on a lot of committees. I know you've done a lot for the city in finance and the budget. We are going to miss you, and I'm sure we'll be seeing you."

In his farewell comments to the council, Prather said: "First of all, I am humbled to have been able to serve; it has been an honor. Sometimes you think the big things like sewer projects or roads are the main things, but some of my most rewarding (experiences) have been when someone has just a little problem that all you have (to do is) to call the street department and get it taken care of, and they are so happy.

"I want to thank everyone for all their service. I have not worked with one that I did not respect, honor and appreciate. I think that those that serve their community are a special breed; it takes a special person to do this.

"Wanda chaired the ordinance committee this year, and I was the vice chair. It was suggested that we tackle an ordinance that really there wasn't much language in, which was our city signs ordinance. It didn't take long before we realized why nobody had tackled that ordinance. It has been a long time coming, I have helped some, but she (Rohlfs) has really put a lot of time into it."

Prather said that while the ordinance is on the agenda, it isn't ready yet. The city attorney has a great deal of work to do on the committee's draft, and that is going to take time. However, Prather said that he felt strongly that the ordinance should be on the agenda while he and Rohlfs are still members of the council, and that is why they have placed it there.

Rohlfs' service to the people of Ward 4 began May 1, 2005, and will conclude on May 4 of this year, for a total of four years.

As Neitzel presented Rohlfs with her plaque, she said: "No one could have done the job you did on the sign ordinance. I want to thank you for that. I'm so proud of you for what you've done. I want to present you this plaque and wish you well."

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After accepting the plaque, Rohlfs addressed the council, saying: "I guess when we look back at four years, as when we are in high school from freshman to senior year, we think it is a long time from beginning to end. But when it is past, we realize how fast things do pass.

"I guess when I appraise the situation I think about all the things that were important, and I think the experiences and the people are the most important things. When I look at the constituents in Ward 4, I would never have gotten to meet a lot of those that I have met had I not been on the council. I thank them for all their input, and I have enjoyed working with them.

"I thank the department heads; you have taught me a lot and we worked very well together, and I appreciate what you do. City attorney, city treasurer, city clerk, all the ladies in the office and members of the city council -- I have made some very dear friends in the last four years, and I hope they are lasting friends; and as Verl said, you have to appreciate these people for all they do. I appreciate and now understand what all of you go through, and I thank you for all the things you have helped me to learn throughout the last four years."

Rohlfs also expressed appreciation to her husband, Gene, who she said answers the phone at home, takes messages for her, reminds her to call people back and generally has supported her in her work on the council.

The final resolution was read by Rohlfs, recognizing and expressing appreciation to the mayor.

Davis-Kavelman has served as Lincoln's mayor since May 1, 2001. She opted to not run for re-election this year, and thus her term of office will end on May 4, when Keith Snyder will be sworn in.

The mayor intends to be present at the April 28 adjourned meeting of the council and will accept her plaque then.

After the regular council meeting, there was a small reception honoring the departing council members and mayor.


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