Three leaders said their goodbyes Monday at their last Oberlin city council meeting.
Council held a recognition ceremony before the last meeting of the year to say farewell and thank you to councilwomen Elizabeth Meadows and Kristin Peterson.
Their seats will be filled in January by the newly-elected Kelley Singleton and Linda Slocum.
Council president Scott Broadwell said the body’s members put in a lot of time to serve the city. “Here’s a small momento for all those years you put in,” he said, presenting plaques.
“It’s been an honor to be on council,” said Meadows, adding that one of the greatest opportunities in life is to serve the community. She said she learned a lot about herself while serving on council.
Peterson served one term. “I’ve enjoyed it and learned a lot,” she said, indicating she’ll seek office again in the future.
She plans to stay involved in the city, especially the Oberlin Community Improvement Corporation board.
“It’s been my extreme pleasure to work with Elizabeth for three terms and Kristin one term,” said councilman Ronnie Rimbert. “It’s been my pleasure to work with them.”
City manager Eric Norenberg was also recognized at the end of the council meeting, gifted with a clock bearing the dates of his service to Oberlin.
He will leave at the end of the month to move to Delaware, where he has been hired as manager of the city of Milford.
“I want to thank council for letting me be your city manager for the past eight years,” Norenberg said.
He’s the city’s third longest-serving manager, right behind former manager Rob DiSpirito, who served nine years before Norenberg was hired in 2007.
“I think that kind of stability has served the city well,” Norenberg said.
Broadwell and finance director Sal Talarico agreed the eight-year city manager has been valuable to the community and Oberlin’s a better place because of him.
Norenberg’s last day as Oberlin’s leader is Dec. 31 and he’s expected to start his new job in mid-January.
During a national search for candidates, Talarico will serve as the interim city manager starting Jan. 1.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.
Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
Elizabeth Meadows and Kristin Peterson receive plaques for their service on Oberlin city council.