MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette City Commission met Monday night for the first time in 2018, but with heavy hearts, as former mayor Tom Baldini's seat would be empty. While there were a number of items on the Marquette City Commission's agenda, one of the primary concerns was filling the mayor's vacant seat.
Mayor Pro Tem David Campana began the meeting giving personal remarks about Tom Baldini and asked for a moment of silence in his honor. "We are all going to miss Tom. He made our lives and our community better. Please bow your heads for a moment of silence," Campana said.
After hearing announcements, public comments about concerns involving glass no longer being accepted as a recyclable item and snow plowing causing issues throughout the city, and other presentations, it was time to elect the new mayor of Marquette. City commissioners took a vote and elected Mayor Pro Tem David Campana, four votes to two, as Tom Baldini's successor.
"I'm happy to be mayor, I'm glad that I was selected, but we're missing Tom. It was Tom's turn to be mayor, and he would've been a good mayor. I mean he's been on commission for three years, and working with him is just hard to describe, just so much experience, he had so much knowledge. It's a learning experience just to be around him. We have to move on, but we would all like Tom to be here leading us," Campana explained.
Because David Campana was elected as the new mayor, the city commissioners had to elect a new Mayor Pro Tem as well. Frederick Stonehouse was voted as David Campana's replacement, four votes to two as well. Following the elections, the city commission discussed how to fill the new city commission member vacancy. The commission will be taking applications for a new member through January 26 and will elect a new city commissioner at the February 12th meeting.
And the meeting concluded just how it began - with commissioners expressing their gratitude and friendship towards Tom Baldini.
"I just have one thing left to say is... I'm paraphrasing from Winnie the Pooh here, yes Winnie the Pooh, 'How lucky we are to have something that makes saying good bye so hard.' Rest in peace, Tom," said Jenna Smith, one of the Marquette City Commissioners.