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Mazeroll honored by city of Imperial

August 09, 2001|By JENNIFER RALTON-SMITH, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — Tom Mazeroll, who resigned from the City Council after recently buying a house outside the city limits, was lured back to City Hall on Wednesday evening as part of a ruse to surprise him with a farewell presentation.

Mayor Mark Gran, City Manager Vincent Long, Police Chief A.R. Moore, council members and administrative staff assembled to present Mazeroll with an engraved plaque that read in part "… while serving as a council member from the year 1994-2001, your contributions to the city's parks and recreation facilities, library programming, police, personnel management and sanitation operations have greatly benefited the city and the public it serves. On behalf of City Council, the citizens of the city of Imperial and the city staff who had the pleasure of working with you over the years, we extend to you our deepest appreciation and respect for your spirited and effective community service."

After the presentation, Mazeroll summed up his two terms as a council member as being an extremely satisfying vehicle for serving his community. Although he conceded the time when administrative staff members were asked to work reduced hours to meet stringent budget requirements was a low point, he stressed the loyalty and flexibility of city staffers enabled the budget cuts to be made with minimal disruption to the operation of City Hall.

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Mazeroll's only disappointment as a councilman is the baseball park he and a group of city residents were instrumental in having built in the Sandalwood-Wildflower area was not completed by his departure from office. He estimates the baseball park is 90 percent complete at this time.

Mazeroll, well known for his involvement in baseball and PAL programs, said he is looking forward to continuing his active support of those community activities.

Mazeroll said the four applicants for the position made vacant by his resignation would all have made excellent council members. He wished Geoff Dale, his successor, the best of luck in his new role.

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