The Sherman City Council bid farewell to two sitting Council members on Monday night, then seated the two new Council members elected by the people of Sherman in the citywide election on Nov. 5.

The Sherman City Council bid farewell to two sitting Council members on Monday night, then seated the two new Council members elected by the people of Sherman in the citywide election on Nov. 5.

The Council’s regular meeting began by reviewing the official election results from the two contested Council districts.

After officially canvassing the election results that confirmed Lawrence Davis and Tom Watt as the newly elected officials, City Clerk Linda Ashby administered the oath of office to Davis and Watt. After the swearing in, the two men ascended the dais for the first time as Council members.

“Well this is different. Obviously I’m used to sitting out there (in the audience),” Watt said during the time allotted for Council members to make comments at the end of the meeting. “I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues, and I’m really excited about working with the staff again. I’m just really looking forward to it.” Watt recently retired as the Sherman police chief.

“I’m glad to be here, and I’m anxious to learn what I need to to learn to work with the mayor and the City Council,” Davis said.

The Council appointed member Robert Softly to serve as deputy mayor. Wacker noted that Softly will be deputy mayor during his final term in office, which expires due to term limits during the next election cycle.

The Council also said goodbye to two members with a combined total of more than a decade of service on the City Council. Wacker presented outgoing Council members Pamela Howeth and Joe Smith with plaques commemorating their service to the city.

Wacker also thanked Howeth and Smith individually, saying “Joe, you had some key ordinances that I feel have really made our city safer, and I appreciate your work on that. Pam, for your work making our city look better and also serving as a role model to young people in the classroom, to both of you, thank you so much.”

The city also approved a request for an exception to a zoning ordinance previously given the go-ahead by the Sherman Planning and Zoning Commission. Director of Utilities Mark Gibson presented a request for the city to extend the repair of three water wells due to unexpected complications. Gibson’s request was approved by the Council.

The mayor took time at the end of the meeting to remind residents that there will be no solid waste or recycling service on Nov. 28, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Wacker said Thursday’s collection will be moved to Wednesday and there will be no change to Friday’s service.

Wacker waxed poetic about the undertones of the democratic process at the meeting, saying, “Thank you to the Council members who have been serving and to those who are new on board. It’s a great privilege to be here, and it’s such an important part of American life, that we have citizens who are willing to step in and learn what they need to do to provide leadership in the community.

It takes all of us working together to make our community work, so this is a great day always when we have this transition. I want to say thanks to all of the voters who turned out, and also to wish everyone in Sherman and our surrounding communities a happy Thanksgiving and safe travels during the holidays.”