At City Hall Tuesday, Council members and the public paid tribute to Mayor Joe Adame as he took part in one of his last City Council meetings.
"That's what we're here to do. Serve," Adame said. "I've talked about four things about leadership: we need to love people, we need to take risk, we need to work hard and we need to serve. Let's move forward. I love you. God bless you. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve with you. With that, the meeting is adjourned."
Adame took office back in 2009, and during his tenure, among other things, he oversaw a resolution to the Memorial Coliseum dispute. He helped arrange for the lighting of the Harbor Bridge. He helped usher in a new recycling program, and an effort to restore public pride in the city.
"Corpus is a better place," Councilman Mark Scott said. "They say leave the campground a little better. The campground is a little better, thanks to your service. God bless."
"I know that people are going to look back and see the term that you served, and talking up pride, and reinvesting in that sparkling city that we all grew up in and know and love," Councilman John Marez said. "And I believe our city is sparkling once again."
"You start reflecting on where we used to be, and where we are today, and just on business alone, and how this city has changed," Councilman Larry Elizondo said. "I think it's because of the nine of us together, and that leadership has been provided by Joe."
There is still a good chance the Mayor and the current City Council will serve until after the first of the year. A runoff election to resolve any unfinished business from next week's election is set for Dec. 11.
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