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.