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Imperial council member announces plans for leaving

July 04, 2001|By LAURA MACKENZIE, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — Tom Mazeroll, who for six years has served on the City Council here, has announced his plans to resign from the council effective July 31.

Mazeroll, who presented a letter of resignation to his fellow council members at their regular meeting June 20, said he is resigning because: "I purchased a home that just happened to be in the county. It's as simple as that."

An Imperial City ordinance requires council members live within the city limits.

"Although I don't want to resign, I agree with that," said Mazeroll, adding it wouldn't be fair to be making decisions for the city that wouldn't affect him personally.

Mazeroll was elected a council member in 1994, served a four-year term and was re-elected to another four-year term in 1998.

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He said the decision to resign was made when the house he bought was in escrow.

"It's a good and bad time," he said. "It's an excellent time for the city with a new city manager."

Mazeroll said he had decided not to run for a third term prior to his resignation.

"Two terms is long enough," he said.

He noted he has no interest in running for any other political office.

"I didn't use the City Council for my own aspirations or as a stepping stone," explained Mazeroll, an Imperial businessman who owns Valley Propane.

Mazeroll's resignation came as a surprise to other city officials.

"I was surprised and disappointed that he was leaving," said Mayor Mark Gran.

"We worked well together, and I have a lot of respect for him."

He added, "I'm sorry to see him go."

Mazeroll served as the head of the council committees for sanitation, non-police personnel, the library and parks and recreation.

Gran said the city will be accepting letters of interest from people seeking Mazeroll's seat.

"Then we will appoint someone to take up the balance of time," said Gran.

He added the person appointed will automatically take on the responsibilities Mazeroll had as committee head.

"For the most part, most of these can be filled by the incoming person," said Gran of Mazeroll's committees.

Mazeroll's unexpired term runs until the next general election in November 2002.

Letters of interest should be addressed to Mayor Mark Gran at the City of Imperial, 420 S. Imperial Ave., Imperial, CA 92251.

Staff Writer Laura MacKenzie can be reached at 337-3442.

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