As I wrote for today's edition, Don Gerard will be sworn in as mayor on Tuesday and Jerry Schweighart will serve his final day. Schweighart says he does not plan on being at that meeting, but he did make a few final remarks after last week's city council meeting, which was effectively his last.
Here they are:
Next week (Tuesday) is officially my last night as mayor, and I talked to Don Gerard before. Basically, all I will be doing is opening the meeting at that night, and the rest of the night belongs to Don Gerard and Paul Faraci being sworn in. So I've elected to skip that meeting, and tonight will be my last meeting. Next Tuesday is Don's to celebrate. I wish both of you the best of luck.
I want to thank this staff. I've had the privilege of working 18 years -- six on the council, 12 as mayor -- and I've worked with some tremendous people on the council and with the staff of the city.
So I enjoyed that, but I also had the privilege of meeting some great community leaders that have helped make Champaign great. So I've had a terrific run -- virtually since I was 9 years old.
Consequently to rumors, my house is not for sale, I'm not moving to Arizona and I'm not going to be a busboy at Taffies. So get them rumors out of the way.
I always made just one promise to the community, and that was to do the best that I could do to do my best, so I've tried to do that, and I thank all of you.
The video of that council meeting can be found here. You'll have to skip to the last four or five minutes of the recording to catch Schweighart's remarks.
If Gerard makes any remarks to open his term when he is sworn in on Tuesday, then I'll have those here, too.