City Manager Tom Bonfield took a moment during his budget presentation last week to recognize a milestone: the 30th anniversary of Councilman Howard Clement’s tenure on the City Council.
Clement was not on hand, though, due to the extended illness that has kept him away from almost all council meetings since late 2011.
“Thank you for this longevity of service to the City Council and this community,” Bonfield said, addressing Clement who had promised to be watching on television.
Clement was appointed to a council vacancy in 1983 and has won election to the Ward 2 seat seven times. His current term expires this year.
“We miss your presence and hope to see you back with us soon,” Bonfield said. “Mainly, we want you to know this great milestone was not missed … because you could not be with us.”