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Cold Spring Honors Longest-Serving Councilman in City's History

The City of Cold Spring and outgoing Mayor Mark Stoeber honored Councilman Lou Gerding, who will be completing his 26th year on the Cold Spring City Council, the longest such tenure in the city’s 74-year history, at the regularly-schedule city council meeting on Monday night.

Stoeber’s presentation to Gerding was a surprise and was not listed on the agenda, although it followed the honoring of the 10th anniversary of the Code Enforcement Board in the “Items of Interest to the Community” portion of the meeting.

A proclamation from Stoeber was presented to Gerding, honoring and “thanking Gerding for his 26 years of service to the City of Cold Spring, Ky.”

Stoeber then presented another proclamation of gratitude to Gerding, this one from the Kentucky House of Representatives and Rep. Joe Fischer (R-Ft. Thomas), the state representative from the 68th District. The proclamation thanked Gerding for his years of service to Cold Spring and the Commonwealth of Kentucky and was signed by Fischer and Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo.

Finally, a member of the United States Marines presented Gerding with a proclamation from the U.S. Capitol and the desk of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which also thanked Gerding for his service to the city and the country. Gerding is a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Gerding was first elected to city council in the late 1980’s and served until the mid-to-late 1990’s, before returning to council in 2001, where he has served since.

In comments after the presentation, Gerding thanked his family and the citizens of Cold Spring for allowing him to serve for so long in Cold Spring.

Other notes:

Trick-or-treat times in Cold Spring will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Cold Spring is the only city in the area with a local election in 2015. Cold Spring will be electing a new mayor in the wake of Nancy Bay’s sudden resignation in April. Former mayor Mark Stoeber was appointed to be the interim mayor and will be leaving that position as soon as the new mayor is elected. The River City News will have a preview article this week. Both mayoral candidates were in the audience for the meeting.

The Code Enforcement Board was honored for its 10th anniversary. Three members of the original board were on hand and each received plaques from Stoeber in recognition of the Board’s achievements in its first 10 years.

Written by Clayton Castle, RCN contributor