Last common council meeting for five alderpersons
Monday was the last Common Council meeting for five Kenosha alderpersons. The five are:
- Theodore Ruffalo – 2nd District;
- Katherine Marks – 8th District, decided not to run again after having served on the Council for 20 years;
- Lawrence Green – 9th District, served on the Council for 2 years; and
- Anthony Nudo – 11th District, served on the Council for 4 years; and
- Raymond Misner – 13th District – served on the Council for 6 years.
Mayor Keith Bosman called Marks to the podium at the beginning of the meeting and presented her with a placque and a commendation. One of Marks’ constituents said a few words in her honor and presented her with a bouquet of flowers. Marks then made a few comments.
During the Alderpersons’ Comments portion at the end of the meeting, Misner had a few comments to make. He stated that, “Since I took office, I’ve had pride and a sense of accomplishment. I thank all of my colleagues for their support.” He expressed concern about 23 missing votes and the fact that the “Southwest Library in the district was locked for 45 minutes while they were counting votes. The candidates should be able to witness this without hindrance. Whatever is wrong should be fixed. And, we need to get it fixed now. People should be entitled to put in office who they voted for. It would be nice if we used failure as a motivator and not a reason to meet challenges,” he said. He also thanked his wife, Katie, for allowing him to attend over 500 meetings and for making his mark. He stated that he will have more comments to make on Saturday morning on his radio talk show on WLIP.
Nudo also thanked his wife, Karen. “The city employees have been tremendous to work with. It’s been strenuous. It’s a stressful job. People asked me if I was disappointed in the loss of my seat. But, I never lost my seat. This seat is for the 11th district. They will have a new representative now (Scott Gordon).” He thanked all for their contributions and hard work.
Green thanked his constituents for the honor of serving them for the past two years. He congratulated the new alderman of the 9th district (Keith Rosenberg). “I’ll miss everyone’s friendship.” He also thanked his wife for the time that he hasn’t been at home.
Marks thanked God for giving her the vision to work towards having a better place to live, and the strength to accomplish her goals. She gave a slide show presentation of the city’s achievements during her tenure. This ranged from the development of Harbor Park and the Uptown Brass Center to the city’s museums, public libraries, and streetcare program. Other achievements were Harbor Market, Peanut Butter and Jam concerts, the Metra Station, and the Lincoln and Columbus Park Neighborhood Plans. “We were the little neighborhood that many thought we couldn’t, but we did. John F. Kennedy said, ‘People see things as they are and say why. Other people see things as they are not and say why not. I took the baton from Alderman Steve Casey twenty years ago.” She urged her successor (Kevin Mathewson) to “keep the dream alive and to share her vision. I’m passing the baton on to him now. We have to have hope. He needs to build on our dream.”
Ruffalo was not in attendance at the meeting last night.
Note: Thank you to Kevin Mathewson for the photos. — DH