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Commissioner's Minutes 11-15-04
Joe McNeal, Mayor of the City of Mountain Home, appeared before the Board representing the City of Mountain Home.
The Mayor stated that Mountain Home Air Force Base is very important to everyone. City residents are his main concern. He does not want to see the wind towers around or in the middle of the City. He asked the Commissioners why they were amending their Ordinance to let this company come to Elmore County. He also asked how much energy would be produced by these towers. He wanted to know why no one has just said no, this industry is not good for Elmore County. Mayor McNeal stated he was totally against it under any conditions and an official resolution would be coming from the City Council and himself. Mayor McNeal spoke again reiterating his earlier position that he is not in favor of passing the Ordinance amending the Planning and Zoning Ordinance. He stated the original ordinance has a buffer around the base and if this ordinance is not passed we would revert back to the original ordinance. He doesn't understand why these sites around the air base are so desirable. Mayor McNeal asked when the process would stop, every time an industry comes in are we going to amend the Ordinance to let them? cc: Mayor Joe B. McNeal
Commissioner Joe B. McNeal, former mayor of Mountain Home, called the proposal "an outstanding effort by the department and commission to form a partnership that will benefit all Idahoans."
Rist unseats McNeal; Anderson, Schroeder winLong-time city councilman Tom Rist edged incumbent mayor Joe B. McNeal in city elections last Tuesday where the results weren't released until nearly 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. When the final returns were in, Rist had garnered 1,368 votes to McNeal's 1,050, in balloting that was considered to be unusually heavy for a "pure" city election in which no other measures or races were on the ballot. Mayor McNeal promised to assist Rist in making a smooth transition of office between now and January, when Rist and the new councilmen will officially assume their offices. But Rist first heard of his victory from his opponent, incumbent Mayor Joe B. McNeal, who called him on his cell phone to offer his congratulations.McNeal apparently had found out the results from a poll watcher shortly before they were officially phoned in to city hall. Rist said McNeal was gracious in his congratulations, "but I know he has to be heartbroken."McNeal, who earlier in his political career had served on the city council for eight years, had won election to the mayor's position -- a lifetime dream -- on his third try four years ago, defeating incumbent Dave Jett, who had served one term after succeeding the late Don Etter, who had served 16 years in office as mayor.In doing so, McNeal became the first African-American in Idaho history to be elected mayor by direct popular vote. In seeking re-election, McNeal had stressed the economic growth of the community that had occurred during his administration, but his term of office had been marred by constant battling with the city council, which was often at odds with him over his administrative style and decision-making. I've known Joe McNeal since he had his Bar-B-Que Restaurant, back in the 70's, known as "Joe-B-Q."I've always known him as a fine and decent man, and an honest one, which always confused me a little on why an honest man would get involved in politics!I always teased him about that.Joe McNeal and Cecil Andrus are the only two Democrats I have ever supported on a regular basis.I saw Joe this afternoon and offered my condolences on his narrow loss......which might have been different, had more than HALF the registered voters actually turned out!Spilt milk now, but Joe thanked me for the support over the years and told me to tell my fellow McNeal supporters to get behind the new mayor, and do all we can to help him, because after all....."this is our town and our community, and we need to do everything we can to make it better."I know him, and I know he genuinely meant that. Joe McNeal is the only politician I know that could be that gracious in defeat.He's gonna spend some time with his wife and "re-coup a little."I hope he runs again in the not-too-distant future, but for a higher position........say.........in the state legislature somewhere.
Mountain Home Idaho Political News
Former Mountain Home Mayor Joe McNeal spoke on behalf of "No Limits Christian Ministries" during the May 9th, 2011 City Council Meeting.
As I mentioned in a previous post, "I picked up on some weird nuances or hesitancy from the Council" while dealing with Mr. McNeal. Former Mountain Home Mayor Joe McNeal and the Pastor of the church addressed the Council.
The meeting also marked the final day of the tenures for Councilman Mark Russell and Mayor Joe B. McNeal. During his final meeting, McNeal wore a "I Love Mountain Home" button. After regular city council matters were handled, Rist presented Mark Russell and Mayor McNeal with plaques from the city, thanking them for their time in office. Russell concluded by wishing "good luck and God speed" to McNeal and the new city council members. In presenting McNeal with his plaque, Rist noted that "I would like to thank Joe for how gracious he was in accepting what took place in this election."In presenting McNeal with his plaque, Rist noted that "I would like to thank Joe for how gracious he was in accepting what took place in this election."Rist commended McNeal on helping with the transition into the mayor's office, "He has been a tremendous help and I appreciate that." And in regards to McNeal, Isaac said, "In these four years, it's been a pleasure to have served with you." Urquidi also recognized McNeal, mentioning how in his four years he has enjoyed working with him and how much he has learned from him.Urquidi then wished McNeal luck in his future endeavors as well. McNeal was given time to offer his own departing comments, "I want to wish Mayor-elect Rist and his wife, Shirley, the best of luck.Thank you to my campaign team for all their hard work.My heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the people of Mountain Home for giving me the opportunity to serve the community," said McNeal. McNeal recognized members of the Council."Thank you to all, I've learned something from each and every one of you." McNeal began calling several officials to the stage, including City Clerk Nina Patterson, City Treasurer Leanna Whitney, Fire Department Chief Phil Gridley, Attorneys Jay Friedly and Phil Miller, former Acting Police Chief Julee Bunderson, Public Works Director Wayne Shepherd, City Engineer Mike McCain, Debbie Brito and Parks and Recreation Director Stan Franks. McNeal acknowledged those individuals, saying, "these are the folks that operate our city and they have done a fantastic job these last four years."In total, McNeal awarded 19 city officials with certificates honoring them for their dedication, their hard work to the city of Mountain Home and the support of the mayor's office. After each recipient received the award, McNeal said, "I want to thank each and every one of you for the hard work you put in." McNeal was overcome with emotion as he continued with his speech. "Thank you to my son, my wife, all my grandkids and all of my daughters for their prayers, hard work and for their love and support. McNeal recognized a special individual in the audience, his wife, Mildred.