Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra appointed Fred Massaglia to her former council seat Monday night.
Massaglia, owner of National Rental and a former one-term city council member, said it’s a “good opportunity to serve my community.”
“I’ve served my community before and I enjoyed it,” he said. “I have no further ambitions than to serve two years ...”
Massaglia said he considered running this year, but did not want to serve a four-year term because he is retiring in two years. So when the remaining two years of Barra’s former seat became available, he applied.
Massaglia said he hopes to “run the city as financially responsible as possible, and still maintain the services that we are providing now at a fair tax rate.”
Massaglia is looking forward to being a part of the city manager selection, he said, and added that he wants to see ground broken at the Veteran’s Drive extension.
Ten people in all applied for the seat. Barra said she first eliminated anyone who hadn’t run for council in the past, and then limited those remaining to applicants who had won at least once in the past — essentially cutting the list to Massaglia and former councilman Harvey Richmond.
Barra said that she also liked the fact that Massaglia doesn’t plan to run in two years.
“So the playing field (will) become level again,” she said.
Massaglia was the lone “no” vote on two items during the meeting, voting against an agreement that extends the city’s contract to repair county vehicles, as well as on a similar contract that pays the city to maintain Head Start’s vehicles. He said he does not think the city should compete with private businesses that provide similar mechanic and repair services.
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