Brunswick Mayor Bryan Thompson will attend his last regularly scheduled City Commission meeting this evening at Old City Hall on Newcastle Street. After two terms -- eight years in office -- a man who will be remembered as one of the city's most personable leaders will exit the elected post at the end of this month.
We can say this now: he will be missed.
Mayor Thompson has served the city well and with utmost dignity and respect. He has been open-minded and fair to all who have approached him and the commission with legitimate concerns or ideas.
Under his leadership, the city has razed dilapidated structures and it has done so without breaking the backs of their owners. It has been a successful campaign that has removed numerous eyesores from Brunswick's landscape and relieved hundreds of residents from potential fire and health hazards.
Realizing the importance of having clean and affordable housing, though, Mayor Thompson has led the charge for new residential communities. One such community, Norwich Commons, is close to completion, and the beginnings of another could very well be on the horizon.
Under his leadership, the city was able to bring into his jurisdiction and tax base Glynn Isles Plaza, one of the most significant additions to this community and to city revenues in decades. We shudder to think where the city's budget might be today without these new commercial residents.
These are but a few of the positive features to arrive in Brunswick during the administration of Mayor Thompson. There are countless others, including ones set into motion that newly-elected Mayor Cornell Harvey will hopefully bring to fruition.
If you get a chance, give him a pat on the back. He's earned it 10 times over.