EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) Nearly two months after Evansville voters selected them to run city government, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and the city council are sworn in.
While the mayor starts his third term in office, five city council members start their first.
Before they take their place in the mayor’s office and city council, they take their oath, surrounded by family. In the case of City Councilman Ben Trockman, D-1st Ward, he was sworn in by his father, Vanderburgh Superior Court Judge Wayne Trockman.
“It was an incredible moment to be able to share with my father on stage,” he said. “The lights are on and all that matters is your dad is in front of you and something spectacular is happening in the new year.”
“I am looking forward to the new council,” adds Mayor Winnecke. The Republican mayor says he plans to take the same approach with this city council that he did with past ones, even with five of the nine starting their first term, and seven members being Democrats.
“Whether it’s a budget, whether it’s an incentive for an economic development project or something we haven’t considered, it’s about communication and understanding that they want to help the city to grow as we want the city to grow,” he said.
While there are potential projects in the works, he wants to keep focusing on water and sewer improvements, including talking with federal officials on management flexibility as they keep working on upgrading the city’s systems. He also wants to tackle dilapidated housing, and affordable housing.
“The work that probably the least glamorous is our most important work to do in the years ahead,” Mayor Winnecke says.
Some new city council members also want to tackle zoning ordinance changes, and learn how to best serve those they represent.
“Our zoning code is outdated, and so having the opportunity to be able to update it so we can get smaller businesses in without having trouble,” says Kaitlin Moore Morley, D-City Councilwoman At-Large.
“I hope to do a lot of listening to others out there and try to figure out how we can do this best,” adds Trockman.
(This story was originally published on January 1, 2020)