Thursday, June 13, 2024

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Best wishes in send-off to council member Patty Philipps

Council members were effusive in their praise for departing city council member Patty Philipps, a 19-year veteran of the council, who told council members at their last meeting, on February 1, that the March 7 meeting would be her last.

She and her husband Andrew plan to move to Oriental, on the North Carolina coast, she told the council then, where Philipps indicated they already have a vacation home and a 40-foot sailboat.  Among future plans she told The Alamance News at the time is a summer cruise on the sailboat to Cape Cod.

Council members give departing council member Patty Philipps a standing ovation at the end of their meeting, shortly before she resigned, as she indicated last month she would do inasmuch as she and her husband are moving to the North Carolina coast. On dais, from left to right, are council members Tim Bradley, Montrena Hadley, Jonathan White, and Sean Ewing.
Before the city council meeting got underway Monday night, council member Patty Philipps talked with mayor Ed Hooks (left) and councilman Jonathan White (right).

Mayor Ed Hooks read a resolution of appreciation for her years of service on the city council to Philipps before presenting her with a framed copy of it.

Mebane mayor Ed Hooks reads a proclamation of appreciation, which he subsequently presented to 19-year-veteran council member Patty Philipps.

He also presented her with a Mebane logo brick sculpture, hand sculpted by North Carolina artist Brad Spencer of Reidsville.

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Mebane mayor Ed Hooks also presented Philipps with a Mebane logo brick sculpture, hand sculpted by North Carolina artist Brad Spencer of Reidsville.

Most council members focused on their interactions with Philipps as a member of the city council.

She was heralded for her preparedness for council meetings and her collegial attitude toward colleagues.

Council member Montrena Hadley, who joined the council at the December meeting, noted that her she had enjoyed working with Philipps since Hadley was elected in November, as well as when she was a city employee in the planning department for many years before.

Likewise, new councilman Jonathan White, the other newest member who joined the council in December, recalled decades ago when he worked with Philipps’ husband, Andrew, as a soccer coach for their daughters’ soccer team.

Fighting back tears, Philipps, 59, thanked council members for their kind send-off salutes and said it had been a “true honor” to have served Mebane on the city council.

See earlier coverage of Philipps’ resignation announcement during February 1, 2022 council meeting:

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