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Heath honors outgoing Council members Lewis, Mckimmey

HEATH – Outgoing City of Heath Councilmembers Karen Lewis and Steve McKimmey were honored during their final Council meeting May 18, after serving the community for a combined 18 years.

Both chose not to run for office in the May 14 election.

Councilmember Lewis had served for 12 years and McKimmey for six. Heath Council members serve two-year terms and there are no term limits.

Heath Mayor John Ratcliffe commended both for the thousands of hours they have donated to the City.

“In today’s society, selfishness is everywhere, but that makes it even more rewarding when you have the complete and utter selflessness both Karen and Steve have demonstrated as councilmembers,” he said.

“They have donated thousands of hours during their many years of service to every person in our community. And they served with one purpose: to make Heath a better place to live.”

The Mayor noted that the Council members were a part of significant progress in Heath as roads were built and improved, the widening of FM 740 was launched, parks were built and renovated, trails were expanded and entire neighborhoods, such as Wyndemere, were created.

“I want to thank the citizens of this great community for allowing me to serve them for 12 years,” said Lewis. “It has been a highlight of my life as we have achieved so much working together. The vision of our citizens, the endless work of our staff, and the professionalism and dedication of this Council and those before us have made Heath a premier community.”

“We have raised three daughters in Heath and our roots are deep,” said McKimmey. “I am passionate about this community, and it has been a privilege to be able to make a positive difference. I know that our talented, smart and insightful Council will continue to protect this jewel that we are blessed to call home.”

Justin Holland was elected May 14 to replace Lewis and Barry Brooks ran unopposed to replace McKimmey.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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