The first Winlock City Council meeting with Don Bradshaw as Mayor took place on Monday night, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. with many in attendance. This was also the first meeting for new city council member, Connie Sneed, as well.
After the flag salute and approval of the agenda, Bradshaw discussed what he had accomplished for the week and also that he sent a letter of intent to the City of Toledo regarding the police contract. The letter states "this letter is to officially notify the city of Toledo of Winlock's intentions to pursue restoring the Winlock Police Department and the subsequent termination of the inter-local agreement with Toledo for law enforcement services. We will be presenting the information we gather to the City Council for a final decision." He also stated they are waiting for Toledo's response prior to discussing this in public. He stated, "we will do this, as I said, in accordance with the contract in an orderly fashion." As of Jan. 15, no response has been received by Toledo.
Several in attendance praised Bradshaw for such a good meeting. Councilwoman Connie Sneed stated, "I'm excited to be a part of this administration. It will be difficult to keep up with the energy of Mr. Bradshaw but I felt we had a great first meeting. It was the best council meeting I have ever attended," she continued.
From the mayor's point of view, Bradshaw stated, "the meeting was both informative and productive as I informed the public and the council as to how the meetings will be run under my direction. I proceeded to explain my agenda and continued on with the weekly agenda."
During public comment Andrew Mullen, owner of Winlock Eggspress, asked the Mayor and City Council to consider a charging station for electric cars in Winlock.
Bradshaw filled out a grant request the following morning for a charging station in the Winlock area within 18 hours of the request by Andrew Mullen. Bradshaw is showing the community he is a doer not just someone who talks. He has been working an average of 50 plus hours each week since he took office.