The Guthrie City Council started 2012 with perhaps the quickest city council meeting. If it was the shortest meeting Lance Crenshaw would know.
Mayor Chuck Burtcher and City Manager Matt Mueller honored Crenshaw for his service with the City at the start of the Tuesday evening meeting that lasted 15 minutes.
Crenshaw, who has attended 265 consecutive council meetings, will be leaving Guthrie after 28 years with the City, including 17 years with the fire department and the last 11 years in the Administration Offices. His first day at the fire department was January 17, 1984.
He plans to move to the mountains of New Mexico and operate a scout camp.
Crenshaw has been instrumental in the City’s technological department and particularly with Guthrie’s local government television channel (Channel 20).
“Lance has given 28 years of service to the City of Guthrie and he will certainly be missed,” Mueller said. “His dedication and passion for public communication made Guthrie a trend setter in the realm of Government Access television. Due to his efforts, we have a citizenry that is more informed and a government that is more transparent.”
Filling in the shoes for Crenshaw will be Aaron Ryburn. Ryburn has worked as an editor for News 9 and a producer for Life Church TV in addition to a freelance videographer.
The council approved to enter into a Building Tenancy Agreement with Dolese Bros. Co. for the use of their building located at 502 E. Triplett Rd for the purpose of housing of the large pieces of heavy equipment.
The city’s equipment sheds were destroyed by the May 24, 2011 Tornado, and have no shelter for the protection of this equipment. The term of the agreement is for four months at no cost to the city.