City councilmen say their goodbyes
In other business, the Janesville City Council on Monday:
-- Approved a contract with the Friends of Lustig Park Disc Golf Club to improve Lustig Park.
-- Bought a flood-damaged house at 1909 Joseph St. for $90,000. The building will be torn down, and the lot will remain open space.
JANESVILLE Two incumbents said goodbye at Monday's meeting, but one said he might not be gone for long.
Councilman Bill Truman did not seek re-election April 5 because his new job took him out of town, and Frank Perrotto lost his bid for re-election.
Truman said he now has another job that keeps him in Janesville. That could leave the door open to seek re-election to the council, he said.
Truman won a seat on the council four years ago when he was a truck driver living in the Old Fourth Ward, a part of the city, he said, that does not often get direct representation on the council.
Truman said he has enjoyed working with fellow council members and city staff and is going to miss it.
Some highlights of his four years included traveling to Arizona to interview and hire City Manager Eric Levitt, swearing in new Police Chief David Moore when Truman was council president and pushing to bring Riverside Park back to its glory.
Truman said he would continue to work for city groups, including the Neighborhood Action Team, Dudes for Diapers and Friends of Riverside Park.
Perrotto said he wants to be remembered as someone who worked hard, was not afraid to make hard decisions and stood up for what he believes in.
He said he never compromised his values and spoke his mind, even though his decisions were not always popular.
While some might not have agreed with his decisions, Perrotto said he always made them with the best interests of the city in mind.
"I know I haven't always been the easiest person to work with, but you made the job that much easier," he said to city staff. "I've never seen a more dedicated group of employees who take (such) pride in the work they do to help Janesville. Janesville is indeed lucky for your service," he said.
Perrotto thanked his fellow council members for their camaraderie, professionalism and dedication.
Sam Liebert and Deb Dongarra-Adams won election April 5 and will take their seats Monday, April 25.