Photo: Winter Park Town Finance Director Bill Wengert swears in newly elected Council members Charles Banks, Nick Kutrumbos, Art Ferrari and Chris Seemann, who joined the meeting by phone. Photo by Casey Malon
Tuesday’s Town Council meeting opened with the swearing in of Council members Charles Banks, Nick Kutrumbos, Art Ferrari and Chris Seemann, who joined the meeting via teleconference.
The next agenda item was appointment of the Mayor and Mayor pro tem. The Council reappointed Jimmy Lahrman as Mayor and Nick Kutrumbos was reappointed to serve as Mayor pro tem, both for two year terms. During the reappointment discussion, Council members expressed the importance of effective communication between the Council, with staff, the community, surrounding towns and agencies. The Council members also stressed that items such as affordable housing and transit are concerns shared by neighboring towns and collaboration is necessary for the best outcomes. Lahrman and Kutrumbos committed to maintaining open lines of communication, exploring ways to better utilize workshops, and divide responsibilities among Council members to maximize Council effectiveness.