The council resumes tonight after a forced week off. Last week’s snowstorms closed down the regular Monday night meeting.
We hope to see the mayor in a chef’s hat and apron. At the Feb. 1 council meeting he proposed the city replace its food vending machines with a mobile snack cart, stocked with healthy comestibles.
This is what happens when the council is allowed to brainstorm. Clearly their caffeine intake should be limited.
The snack wagon suggestion was a digression. The council was reviewing a staff “change order” request. A change order is a revision submitted to a building contractor. In this case the change order is for a revision to the municipal building lobby renovation.
The lobby is being souped-up as part of the auditorium renovation. It, like the rest of the renovation, is funded by a grant, not the city budget.
When councilmember Colleen Clay got to the bit that described where vending machines would be located, she said “I don’t want to see junk food machines in the lobby!”
Deputy city manager Suzanne Ludlow said the staff could find a provider of healthy snacks to put in the machines, but this was lost in the sound of the council in full roll. Imagine, Dan Robinson said, the spectacle and inconvenience of people lining up for the vending machines during intermission time.
Councilmember Terry Seamens suggested having a snack counter instead of vending machines, and Mayor Williams rolled out the idea of a mobile snack cart.
Who would staff the snack counter or cart was not addressed. Your Gilbert hopes it will be the mayor or any councilmember who looks good in an apron and floppy chef’s hat. Handlebar mustache optional.
There was a slight dustup about the revised plans. Terry Seamens thought the council’s previous criticisms of the lobby plan were not all reflected in the new one. Suzanne Ludlow assured him that the new plans were based on a “straw poll” taken at the end of the previous discussion.
A polite “did not!” “did!” “did not!” exchange was resolved by Ludlow meeting Seamens in the hall during the break to demonstrate her kickboxing technique. No, actually she met the council in the hall to show the detailed lobby plans.
Seamens was still grumbling a bit, keeping well out of kicking range, but he and the rest of the council approved the change order. Whether the vending machines will go in, what will be in them if they do, and whether they might be replaced by a snack counter or snack wagon is subject for a later discussion.They will all be munching on raw broccoli and sipping non-caffeinated, herbal tea.