Marysville City Council's first meeting in its new space at the recently opened City Hall was a more formal event than most members are used to.
To begin the Dec. 5 meeting, council members entered the room single file and took their seats. Each council member was fitted with a lapel microphone. Council President Nevin Taylor started the meeting with a tap of a gavel -- also something new for council proceedings.
"I've had the gavel," he said. "My wife gave it to me. I said, 'Honey, I never tapped a gavel at a city council meeting.' She said, 'Rap it tonight twice, when you open and when you close, and then you can put it away.' "
City administrators and department heads filled the table lining the north side of the room. Two huge screens for PowerPoint presentations are mounted on one wall and were used by Mayor John Gore in a presentation highlighting a Dec. 1-4 visit to Marysville by a Japanese delegation.
Taylor said the new setting makes it clear this is no longer "little" Marysville but the "city of Marysville."
"I am kind of overwhelmed," he said. "It's a beautiful facility. It's so much more of a formal setting."
Council Vice President J.R. Rausch agreed.
"This is awesome. It's nice to be in a little more formal setting," Rausch said.
Councilwoman Tracy Richardson called the night a moment to remember.
"It's historic and exciting," she said. "I want to thank all of the city staff. This was no small project and there was a lot of effort put forth."
Councilwoman Deborah Groat simply thanked the residents of Marysville for giving them the building.